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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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AETC military members must complete form for high-risk activity

Posted  July 3, 2013

When choosing to participate in off-duty high-risk activities, Air Force members are highly encouraged, and Air Education and Training Command members are required, to fill out paperwork notifying their supervisors. Air Force Instruction 91-202, U.S. Air Force Mishap Prevention Program, adopted changes in August 2011 encouraging supervisors Air Force-wide to establish a high-risk activities program, but…

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Air Force announces preferred alternative for security forces regional training center consolidation

Posted  July 3, 2013

Air Force officials announced June 27 that Fort Bliss, Texas, was chosen as the preferred alternative for the Security Forces Ground Combat Training Center while Camp Guernsey, Wyo. is a reasonable alternative. If selected as the final basing choice, Fort Bliss will host a training center, offering training courses for approximately 8,500 students per year….

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted  July 3, 2013

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July. The Combat Network Communications Technology system will enable aircrews to send and receive information via satellite links, allowing them to change mission plans and retarget weapons while…

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Defense Logistics Agency injects revenue into small businesses

Posted  July 3, 2013

When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers work to bring the parties together. Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and…

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Third F-35 for the U.K. arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted  July 3, 2013

The third Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 25 where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Roger Hardy piloted the aircraft known as BK-3 (ZM137) on its 90-minute ferry flight from the Lockheed…

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Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted  July 3, 2013

The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly. The laser represents increased capability to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation…

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News Briefs July 3, 2013

Posted  July 3, 2013

Luke AFB F-16 crashes, pilots safely eject An F-16 fighter jet with the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., crashed shortly before 7 p.m. in a field just west of the base. There were two pilots on board. Both safely ejected and have been recovered. Neither pilot was injured. The aircraft went down…

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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

Posted  July 3, 2013

Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., recently loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an airliner,…

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Additional F-35s coming to Luke AFB

Posted  July 3, 2013

The Air Force announced June 27 that Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has been chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lightning II aircraft, bringing the eventual total number of the fifth-generation fighters expected at the base to 144. The Air Force’s initial decision to establish an F-35 pilot training center at Luke was…

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AF Marathon race transfer progam announced

Posted  July 11, 2013

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Marathon has officially sold out all races and organizers have announced details for the transfer program. “The transfer program is the only official way for runners to give their bib to another runner,” said Rob Aguiar, director. “Along with the charity partner slots, it is the…

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