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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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Sports Shorts – May 31, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

607th ACS defeats MOS 16-4   Gustavo Bautista, 607th Air Control Squadron, catches a pop fly during the first inning of an intramural softball game Monday against the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron team at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The catch was the second out of the inning.   Joshua…

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Airman thankful for dad

Posted  June 14, 2013

What does it take to be a father? Leadership, guidance and love may be some of the qualities that come to mind. On Sunday, fathers are acknowledged for their part in raising children in many places of the world. Although Father’s Day is known for gifts and cards, for one Airman it’s about being thankful…

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Exchange shoppers turn old phones into cash

Posted  June 14, 2013

Military shoppers who have an old cell phone or two lying around gathering dust can now trade them in for credit toward a Smart Phone upgrade at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange Mobile Center. A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new Smart Phone, accessory or even insurance for…

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Exchange launches eReceipts program

Posted  June 14, 2013

Military shoppers who prefer the ease and organization that an eReceipt provides can skip the paper receipt and have documentation of their transaction emailed to them when shopping the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. Shoppers simply provide their email address and phone number at checkout to sign up to receive eReceipts. “Purchase receipts by email…

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Health & Safety

Asthma diagnoses in children on steady rise

Posted  June 14, 2013

Asthma stands as a unique diagnosis in the pediatric population due to how often it is found in the general population as well as the potential for significant complications associated with symptoms suddenly worsening. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, asthma affects approximately one out of every 12 children in the…

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Street Beat – June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 31 through June 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 35 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a…

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Official explains tuition assistance QA program

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill Wednesday. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick Vollrath said new policies will…

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Fly Over: ‘The Man of Steel’, and ‘This is the End’

Posted  June 14, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Man of Steel’ Anyone expecting “The Man of Steel” to be on par with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy will be disappointed, though it tried mightily. However, Zack Snyder’s (“300”) turn at telling the tale of the boy from Krypton is still one heck of a superhero film that lays the foundation…

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Firefighters focus on heart health

Posted  June 14, 2013

“What are you usually doing at 2 a.m.?” A seemingly simple question with an obvious answer was asked by Chief Master Sgt. Charles Funkhouser, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services fire chief. Most would say sleeping. There is, however, a group of people who aren’t afforded the luxury of sleeping through every night. Firefighters…

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Luke community rallies to help Oklahoma victims

Posted  June 14, 2013

The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club and 56th Fighter Wing Chapel staff rallied their members to gather donations for victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.

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