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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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This week in history

Posted  January 24, 2014

Jan. 22, 1944: Allies invade, take Anzio Courtesy photo Maj. Gen. Charles McCorkle Seventy years ago, the Allies landed on the beaches at Anzio, Italy. The operation’s name was Operation Shingle. The 56th Fighter Group did not take part in the operation. But, the current 56th Fighter Wing has a number of connections to the…

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Air Force News – January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

Alaska Firefighters from the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron swam across Upper Sixmile Lake while conducting ice water rescue training in 14-degree weather Jan. 13 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The training prepared firefighters for water rescues. Kansas McConnell Air Force Base’s first family to compete in the national Triple Play Fit Family Challenge has progressed to…

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People First – January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

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.  CMSAF talks about force management, EPRs Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recently addressed upcoming…

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Kids — perpetual motion

Posted  January 24, 2014

Matthew Roseler, 10 months, son of Staff Sgt. Ryan Roseler, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member appears to be enjoying the day Dec. 23, 2013, at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center.   Mae Shoup, 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center education technician, plays with the children at the…

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Western Destinations: fun for the whole family

Posted  January 24, 2014

Need to get some fresh air with the family? Need to find the perfect place to host a company outing? Then Western Destinations is the location for you.

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TRICARE ends walk-in admin services at Luke

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the United States on April 1, Pentagon officials said. While the 189 facilities, including the one at Luke Air Force Base, will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Army Col. Steve Warren, Pentagon…

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Structural integrity – the name of the game for NDI

Posted  January 24, 2014

A building filled with machinery that emits an eerie fluorescent glow, rooms that smell of burnt carbon and oil, and nearby test tubes filled with strange liquids and chemicals may seem like some type of mad scientist’s laboratory, but this is the environment of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Nondestructive Inspection shop.

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Exchange resolves to promote healthier living

Posted  January 24, 2014

According to Sourcewire, nearly a quarter of Americans vow to get fit for the New Year. The Luke Air Force Base Army & Air Force Exchange Service is doing its part to make it easier for Airmen and their families to watch their “bottom lines” when making dining choices on and off duty. Dining in…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 24, 2014

Courtesy photo Virginia Woolf “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” ~ Virginia Woolf Have you ever been around those people who just can’t seem to tell the 100 percent, honest-to-God truth, about themselves? You might even be that person? Integrity is the first core value…

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Fly Over: ‘Age of Ra’, and ‘American Hustle’

Posted  January 24, 2014

In print: ‘Age of Ra’ Some may remember my review of James Lovegrove’s science fiction novel “Age of Aztec,” which had a premise of an Aztecan future too awesome to fail. It did, hard, but I liked the basic idea of an alternate, mythological reality that Lovegrove still had flickering in his head. So, I…

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