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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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Events

Gunslinger shootout …

Posted  May 31, 2013

  Vern Brink, Phoenix Police Department downtown operations unit sergeant, reloads during the moving target portion of the police week shootout May 14 at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range. His team tied for sixth out of 13 teams.   Staff Sgt. Brady Craddock, 56th Security Forces Squadron combat…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hangover III’, and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Posted  May 31, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Hangover III’ The Wolfpack is back, and unfortunately they have nothing new to offer. Granted, I didn’t think the first movie “The Hangover” was really that great – though I’m told it was. The sequel was worse. The third and final film “The Hangover III” falls right in the middle. The boys…

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APAH luncheon gets warriors fired up to dance …

Posted  May 31, 2013

Peiholani Tuiaki Jr. of the Luke Samoan Group performs a Samoan fire dance during the Asian Pacific American Heritage luncheon May 23 at the Navy Operations Support Center on Luke Air Force Base. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and recognizes the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the…

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Desert Challenge competitors train at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Fourteen U.S. Paralympic competitors trained at the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center May 13 through 17 to prepare for the Desert Challenge that took place May 18 in Mesa.

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Justice Report – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The following is a list of Article 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in April: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A master sergeant received an Article 15 for assault and indecent language. The member received forfeitures of $2,000 with $1,000 of the forfeitures suspended and a reprimand. • A senior…

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AF club membership comes with perks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base’s Club Five Six invites all service members, civilians and foreign military to sign up for Air Force Club membership. Becoming a club member brings with it membership benefits, including “club” and “card” benefits. “You won’t find a place to hold an event that costs less,” said Charles Aubrey, 56th Force Support…

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People First – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Hagel emphasizes…

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Air Force News – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Commission on Air Force structure to meet The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in Washington, D.C. President Obama, the chairman and ranking members of both armed services committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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Salutes & Awards

S.S. Mayaguez lost remembered, honored at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard lower the American flag during the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony May 16 at flag park. The ceremony was held to honor the security forces members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The 56th Security…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  May 31, 2013

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. ~ King Solomon New York Yankees greats Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera had a tense exchange of words a few weeks ago over a relatively minor issue. How the players handled the situation illustrates the truth of this wise saying. Rivera humbly apologized…

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