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Luke 1 brings home flagship

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with the press after landing the flagship F-35 Lightning ll joint strike fighter Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. The flagship’s arrival coincides with the start of Luke F-35 student pilot training, which begins Monday. Luke now has 20 U.S. F-35s and…

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Love thy feet

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Senior Airman Yadria Wood, 56th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, wraps a toe after a wedge resection is performed April 16 on Luke Air Force Base. The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the load-bearing structure at the base…

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Jordanians train with AGE Rangers

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Mitchell Newton, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron instructor, teaches Jordanians about the hydraulic flow for a bomb lift April 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The Jordanians were here to learn about aerospace ground equipment in an international cooperative effort between the United States and Jordan. As a part of…

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Victim advocates help in time of need

Being a victim or survivor of a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, but there are resources available to help at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. One of the most valuable resources is the victim advocate.

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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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PACAF commander celebrates Singapore’s 20 years at Luke

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo A pair of Royal Singapore air force AH-64 Apache helicopters launch from Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field to conduct a Forging Sabre 2013 live-fire mission at the Barry M. Goldwater Range. The commander of Pacific Air Forces visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 11 and 12, observing the Republic of Singapore’s exercise…

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Self awareness — A key to leadership development

Posted  December 20, 2013

As part of our enduring quest to become better Air Force leaders we must always strive to develop ourselves. One way to do this is for each of us to build an accurate assessment of ourselves. Without a keen sense of self-awareness leaders can easily operate in the dark without regard to their subordinates’ attitudes,…

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Control, plan your future

Posted  December 20, 2013

As a first sergeant I’ve learned some valuable lessons from my commanders. One of them is to focus my efforts on the things I can control and to plan ahead taking into consideration the effects of those actions. This is a pretty simple advice to apply. Maximize the amount of effort you exert at work….

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Just looking …

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Steve Gillette, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 commander, explains the capabilities of the F-35B Lighting II joint strike fighter to Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Singapore minister of defense, Dec. 10 at Luke Air Force Base. Ng’s visit also coincided with Forging Sabre, a Singapore armed forces exercise. The jet came…

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Air Force skydiving team in town

Posted  December 20, 2013

Look in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Wings of Blue! The Wings of Blue skydiving demonstration team is scheduled to arrive in the Phoenix area Dec. 27 where they will be visiting various areas to do practice jumps, perform and give back to the community. The primary mission of the…

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News Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Thunderbolt hiatus The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 27 or Jan. 3, 2014. Look for the 2013 Year in Review Special Edition Jan. 10. The first regular edition of the Thunderbolt is Jan. 17, 2014. For more information, call 623-856-5998. AAFES holiday hours Hours for concessionaires and kiosk vendors are 10 a.m. to 3…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 20, 2013

Senior Airman Rodney Yolangco 56th Operations Support Squadron 56th Fighter Wing protocol specialist Hometown: San Diego Years in service: Three Family: 1st Lt. Samantha Yolangco, spouse Education: Bachelor of Science in biology, preprofessional, University of Nevada Las Vegas Inspirations: My parents Goals: To get accepted to the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program Greatest feat: Convincing my…

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756th AMXS handed over

Posted  December 20, 2013

Lt. Col. Dominick Martin, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, passes the guidon to Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, Dec. 11 during the 756th AMXS relinquishment of command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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ALS graduates 38 in Class 14-1

Posted  December 20, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 37 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 12 from Class 14-1: The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: John Dunlap, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Robin Hansen, 56th Dental Squadron; Corey Ingraham, 56th Operations Support Squadron;…

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Spikes produce 7 fighter pilots for CAF

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy Photo The 62nd Fighter Squadron, class 13-DBC, graduates seven pilots today to the combat Air Force. They are, from left, 1st Lts. Adam Crow, Sean Foote and Steven Fox; Capt. Ryan Wade; 1st Lts. Jason Bright and Tyler Hill; and Capt. Matthew Zenishek. Seven of America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the…

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