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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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Destination: Portland, Oregon

Posted  February 7, 2014

When people think about Portland, Ore., they may think of farms, wagons and pioneers. What they don’t know is Portland is not only filled with a diversity of cultures, but it’s also overflowing with friendly people, delicious food and a plethora of outdoorsy things to do.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Dr. Mae Jemison “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” ~ Dr. Mae Jemison Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t do something because you lacked the skills or talent? Maybe it was said out of prejudice. Did it make you so mad yet so determined to prove them wrong? Maybe…

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Fly Over: ‘Ruby’, and ‘The Monuments Men’

Posted  February 7, 2014

‘Ruby’ Every year thousands of Americans commit to fight the “battle of the bulge” for many reasons. For some it’s a matter of life and death; for others it’s wanting to fit into an old pair of jeans or maybe to look good for a vacation or wedding. According to a study by the University…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 7, 2014

When considering separation programs that offer voluntary separation pay, Airmen should also consider the impact federal and state tax deductions has on the calculation. These tax deductions will reduce the actual amount you receive and could also have significant tax implications when filing 2014 taxes. The fiscal 2014 VSP program entitles enlisted retention board-eligible Airmen…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through Feb. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 30: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident and a possible hit-and-run in the parking lot of Bldg. 545. The driver backed…

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Sports Shorts – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Alex Back, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery crew member, successfully dodges a defender. OG skims past EMS 8-6 in flag football Story and photos by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT,  56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Operations Group Wizards squared off against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s flag football team Jan. 28 in a heated…

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Stocking the shelves with Lightning

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Adam Lauersdorf, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron inbound receiving technician, unwraps main gear tires Jan. 22 for the F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base. LRS received 52,000 items in preparation for the arrival of the fighter jet, the first of which is slated to land at Luke soon.

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Contracting supports local economy, flying mission

Posted  January 31, 2014

From maintaining the airfield and maintenance equipment to custodial services and hangar upkeep, personnel in the 56th Contracting Squadron at Luke Air Force Base not only handle all the contracts for the base but their work also helps stimulate the local economy. “Most of the contracts we handle are for the base’s construction, demolitions and…

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New year, new beginning, new you

Posted  January 31, 2014

Life is full of new beginnings, a new car, new job, a promotion, a permanent change of station and, of course, every Jan. 1 brings a familiar new beginning — the New Year. With each new year comes new opportunities and new resolutions for improvement. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted  January 31, 2014

There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you a complete Airman? What…

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