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Luke conducts first F-35 training deployment

Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis prior to take off April 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Ten F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron were sent to Nellis for the first ever JSF training deployment. The Las Vegas skyline is in the background. The 56th…

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Historic landmark’s message renewed

Senior AirmanMarcy Copeland The freshly painted Air and Education Training Command shield gives new life to the historic water tower. The water tower received a facelift with “WELCOME TO FIGHTER COUNTRY” and the AETC shield being repainted to represent the Luke mission. As commuters traveled the base and Litchfield Road, all could see the bucket…

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Earth Day: Luke Airmen get creative to save volts

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE A Life Fitness hybrid bike’s display is shown April 14 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Thunderbolts are encouraged to use this bike which saves the base energy since it uses 75 percent less energy once the user hits a certain revolutions-per-minute range. The Earth’s ocean is being polluted…

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A new ‘Wolf’ … Col. Jeremy Sloane

An Air Force Academy cadet’s dream came true after graduation and earning his wings in 1996. The next stop was Luke Air Force Base where he successfully completed his F-16 Fighting Falcon Initial Qualification Course in 1997.

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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…


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Sports Shorts – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Children perform stretches after a series of exercises Monday during the Kids Boot Camp Challenge at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The Boot Camp Challenge is a series of activities conducted over a six-to-eight-week period that encourage physical activity through a variety of enjoyable and competitive exercises. Kids get boot camp challenge Story…

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House of Lightning …

Posted  February 7, 2014

FROM LEFT: Lt. Col. Jason Mitchell, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, 61st Fighter Squadron commander, cut the ribbon Jan. 30 on the new 61st FS operations building and the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit building at Luke Air Force Base. The two buildings…

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AGE spins up with new equipment for F-35

Posted  February 7, 2014

When a group of people is considered to be some of the best in the Air Force at what they do, having new equipment added to their arsenal is a chance to show their skills. The men and women in the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Air Ground Equipment Flight are preparing to roll up their…

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Leadership in changes, challenges — it’s what we do

Posted  February 7, 2014

Changes and challenges have always been a part of military service. It has confronted Airmen from the beginning evolution of flight to today’s operational environment, ranging from near-peer adversaries to unconventional nonstate groups. History can recount Billy Mitchell’s multiple efforts through the 1920s advocating for an increased role of airpower and a separate service, challenging…

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It’s your name on the right!

Posted  February 7, 2014

As you report in for the day and have an opportunity to read this article, take a look down at your uniform. Something that you should notice on the left side of your chest stitched in blue and placed closest to your heart is the U.S. Air Force tape. This speaks volumes to the commitment…

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F-35 parts roll in

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Robert Birkes, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, performs an operations check Jan. 30 on an AJ25 axle jack at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th EMS will be receiving new equipment for the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

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FSS holds town hall meetings on force shaping

Posted  February 7, 2014

Luke Air Force Base Airmen were provided with information on several new force management programs Jan. 29 and 30 during town hall meetings at the Luke AFB theater. “The force management program has been implemented to meet congressionally mandated end strength for current and future mission requirements,” said Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, 56th Force Support…

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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Street construction Road construction will begin next week and will result in one to two lane closures on streets on base. The dates of construction are Feb. 13 to 17 on Super Saber Street, March 17 to 28 on Starfighter Street and 143rd Avenue, and Feb. 24 to March 7 on Fighter Country Avenue. For…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Tanisha Pressley 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Years in service: One year Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, concentration in prelaw Inspirations: My family and the person I want to be Goals: To obtain a master’s degree in public administration and commission as a nurse Self-description:…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  February 7, 2014

AETC names 2013 media contest winners The following individuals received 2013 Air Education and Training command awards: 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Story series: Senior Airman David Owsianka New writer: Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell TV news report: Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski TV sports report: Senior Airman William Branch MAJCOM announces prestigious maintenance honors The following…

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