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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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Airmen get behind- scenes look at need for SPEED

Posted  March 20, 2015

NASCAR is known for fast cars and intense action, but they are also known for supporting military members throughout the NASCAR season. Their program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of the military for their service and treats them to customized experiences at the races.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  March 20, 2015

Courtesy photo “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank Anne Frank’s posthumously published work, “A Diary of a Young Girl,” painted a picture of the sufferings that she and her family endured as they hid from the Nazi’s. It also showed the…

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Fly Over: YC’s Mongolian Grill’ and ‘The Smurfs 2′

Posted  March 20, 2015

‘YC’s Mongolian Grill’ Mongolian barbecue has always appealed to me on the premise of customizing my meal. Foodies can control what ingredients and how much of each go into their dish. In spite of the name, it is neither Mongolian or barbecued over a fire or coals. Mongolian barbecue is actually a stir-fried dish similar…

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Thunderbolts volunteer for Litchfield Elementary field day

Posted  March 20, 2015

Luke Air Force Base Airmen went to Litchfield Elementary School to help support the school’s field day March 6.

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Justice Report

Posted  March 20, 2015

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at Bldg. 859 parking lot. There were no injuries. March…

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Sports Shorts – March 20, 2014

Posted  March 20, 2015

Winners train, losers complain Story and photo by Airman PEDRO MOTA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” ~Unknown Luke Air Force Base’s varsity basketball team was practicing March 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center to maintain a 6-0 record. “This…

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Luke transitioning to ER Cop System

Posted  March 13, 2015

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Harris, 56th Security Forces Squadron law enforcement patrolman, looks at an exercise alarm activation using the Emergency Response System Common Operating Picture System March 4 at Luke Air Force Base. The ER COP system is an application made available to only emergency response personnel from security forces, fire, explosive…

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Change leads to innovation

Posted  March 13, 2015

Lately, I’ve been ultra-sensitive to a perception that the only constant is change. Change is difficult. Lack of continuity can be challenging. However, change can also lead to innovation so long as there are individuals who can recognize opportunities and envision the promise of alternate paradigms. Innovation demands that we embrace change, both personally and…

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Recognizing issue key to resiliency

Posted  March 13, 2015

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” ~ Vince Lombardi Whether it is a financial issue, family or significant-other problem or difficulties at work, everyone goes through some sort of struggle throughout their Air Force career. Each day we are tasked with important jobs and duties to ensure that…

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Enhancement seminar held for Focus 56 NCOs

Posted  March 13, 2015

Master Sgt. Timothy Ogan, 56th Security Forces Squadron operation superintendent, gives a promotion seminar Feb. 27 on Luke Air Force Base. The Focus 56 NCO Enhancement Seminar was held to give staff and technical sergeants an opportunity to learn about the new promotion system for the senior NCO promotion cycle. As the Air Force grows…

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