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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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Housing officials reward residents for best-kept yard

Posted  June 21, 2013

How would you like to win a $100 gift card simply for taking care of your lawn? Balfour Beatty Communities created the “Yard of the Month” program to recognize and inspire base housing residents to take pride in their homes and better their quality of life by improving their landscaping in the Luke Air Force…

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People First – June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 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. AF updates…

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Air Force News – June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

DOD establishes tissue bank to study brain injuries The Defense Department has established the world’s first brain tissue repository to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in service members, Pentagon officials announced Monday. The announcement follows a symposium that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel convened, in which a group of senior defense…

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Latest Professional Development Guide now available online

Posted  June 21, 2013

The new Professional Development Guide, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at www.e-publishing.af.mil.

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This Week in History: June 21

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Phoenix metro area had been growing for several decades. Courtesy Photo The original Community Initiatives Team was made up of, from left, Rusty Mitchell, Eric Binkley, Mike Hanson and Bob Dubsky. As a result of a number of local development decisions and the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Williams Air Force Base, 50…

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Flashover chamber vital training for firefighters

Posted  June 21, 2013

Steven Kinkade Steven Kinkade Student firefighters prepare to exit the flashover chamber at the Luke Air Force Base fire training area May 4. Luke firefighters use the flashover chamber to educate and train firefighters on the warning signs of a flashover before it occurs. The life of a firefighter consists of a multitude of emergency…

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CS changes command

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Raymond Chester, incoming 56th Communications Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony June 14 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airman 1st Class Kyle Young 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice Hometown: Oviedo, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Parents, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Gary Young and Julia Young Education: Received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in marketing and management information systems Inspirations: My swim coach in college, Terry Maul, who…

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Make safety personal this summer

Posted  June 21, 2013

Courtesy photo A damaged government vehicle awaits repair on Luke Air Force Base. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that driver distraction, driver fatigue, drunk driving, aggressive driving and weather conditions are the top five causes of motor vehicle-related mishaps. Recent statistics show there has been an abrupt increase in Airmen involved in motor…

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Thunderbolts show up for good cause with ‘service-before-self’ attitude

Posted  June 21, 2013

Service before self is a mantra we tend to repeat but not always in a truly positive manner. I often hear it as an exasperated sigh when someone volunteers or is “voluntold” for an event. The true spirit of this mantra really came out at the Boston Marathon relief run that took place in May….

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