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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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Practicing safety around water makes for fun, avoids mishaps

Posted  June 7, 2013

When the weather turns hot many people head for water. It’s a good way to beat the heat. Yet, because of all the activity going on, people can forget about water safety. Playing in and around water comes with risks. Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children age…

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607th ACS to become AETC unit

Posted  June 7, 2013

Changes are on the horizon for the 607th Air Control Squadron as members prepare to switch from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command next month.

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Safety fair heats up critical days of summer

Posted  June 7, 2013

Thunderbolts brought the sizzle into summer fun with a safety fair May 23 inside the former officer’s club.

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Fly Over: ‘Fast & Furious 6’, and ‘The Internship’

Posted  June 7, 2013

In theaters: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ I’ve always been a fan of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise. After hearing how great the sixth movie is, I had to see it. “Fast & Furious 6” is about a team of criminal gang members led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who retired after their heist in…

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Luke at Night SFS

Posted  June 7, 2013

Base access is a function of security forces, with regular training to keep SFS members up to date in law enforcement tactics and skills.

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This Week in History – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

It was June 6, 1944, during a short break in the weather along the Normandy coast, when 160,000 allied troops landed upon a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline as part of the largest amphibious invasion in history. The operations surrounding D-day signified the opening of a second front in the invasion of German-held…

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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted  June 7, 2013

The history of the now famous Thunderbirds began at the end of World War II. After the war, a number of commands decided to develop teams to demonstrate the capabilities and flying precision of their pilots and new jet aircraft.

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STREET BEAT

Posted  June 7, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 24 through 30: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 28: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in Bldg. 1130 parking lot. There were no injuries. May 28: Security forces responded to…

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Law spells out tenant rights regarding security deposits

Posted  June 7, 2013

When entering and exiting a lease, it is important to know what rights are afforded to the tenant in Arizona, especially when it comes to security deposits. According to the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, a landlord cannot demand or receive a security deposit in excess of one and one-half months’ rent unless the…

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Air Force News – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Air Force appoints first female chief scientist The Air Force appointed the service’s first female chief scientist to lead the way in the technology and science fields. Dr. Mica Endsley assumed her new duties and responsibilities as the 34th chief scientist Monday in support of Air Force senior leaders and Airmen across the service. “Having served…

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