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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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People First – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 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. Nation pours…

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310th FS raises funds for leukemia awareness

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raised money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society May 20 at the Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament in Chandler.

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Safety saves lives for Luke motorcyclists

Posted  June 7, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Exchange knows that safety is no accident. That’s why they are committed to providing a wide selection of personal protective equipment, which could make the difference between life and death for military motorcyclists. According to Army and Air Force safety centers, 65 Soldiers and Airmen lost their lives in motorcycle…

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Fit Warrior of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks 56th Medical Operations Squadron Medical technician 1. How do you stay fit? I stay active and am aware of what I eat by planning meals. I mostly drink water to avoid sugars and calories and have a balanced diet. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I love food!…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Staff Sgt. Aaron Anstrom 56th Force Support Squadron Readiness and Mortuary Affairs NCO Hometown: Bradley, Ill. Years in service: Four Family: Father, Mike; mother, Madonna; sister, Kelsie; and brother Luke Education: Community College of the Air Force in restaurant, hotel and fitness management Inspirations: My father has always pushed me to do my best; he…

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In Brief – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

56th CS change-of-command Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski will relinquish command of the 56th Communications Squadron to Maj. Raymond Chester in a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. June 14 at Club Five Six. 56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command…

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Luke Airmen join Arizona StandDown, helps homeless vets

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of Luke Air Force Base joined to help homeless veterans in the state during the 12th annual Arizona StandDown.

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Redemption + renewal = stronger you

Posted  June 7, 2013

According to dictionary.com, redemption is the act of redeeming or atoning for a fault, mistake or the state of being redeemed. After bouncing back from any situation, the road to redemption begins. This is an opportunity to learn from a mistake or mistakes and to make you a stronger person. However, that it is easier…

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What do you radiate?

Posted  June 7, 2013

Col. Daniel Smith I am a believer in the power of positive influence. I buy into such phrases as “your attitude determines your altitude.” I have been the benefactor of being led by those who radiate positive vibes. Not in a heads in the clouds Pollyanna kind of way, but a glass half full ……

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Thunderbolts lead by lightning

Posted  June 7, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen gathered May 29 and 30 to attend a seminar hosted by the Lightning Leadership committee. The kickoff to the Lighting Leadership initiative included two sessions daily, one for Airmen and one for NCOs. Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, handpicked leaders from across base to be…

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