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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 – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Matthew Corcoran, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist instructor, coaches participants during the last five minutes of their warrior fitness routine Nov. 22 at the Warrior Fitness Center. Warrior fitness includes gymnastics, weightlifting and endurance, with variations of those exercises. Variety, challenge key to warrior fitness Photo and story by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. If…

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Additional remains of Air Force pilot found

Posted  November 27, 2013

Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19.

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Posted  November 27, 2013

Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Airmen Cookie Drive Volunteers are needed to sort and package cookies donated for the airmen cookie drive 7 to 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at Club Five Six. For more information or to sign up, email lukecookies@yahoo.com. Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 which will include military and local,…

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F-35A conducts first live fire with AMRAAM

Posted  November 27, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast Oct. 30. The F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast Oct. 30. The AIM-120…

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Air Force at increase level of risk under sequestration

Posted  November 27, 2013

Air Force readiness was the topic of concern for the Air Force’s senior leader as he addressed members of the Air Force Association and the media during the association’s monthly breakfast, in Arlington, Va., Nov. 18.

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Nominees sought for AFA civilian award

Posted  November 27, 2013

Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Award. Each year, the AFA recognizes Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories:   • Civilian Wage Employee (all Federal Wage System employees) • Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through GS-11 or equivalent…

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Key land, sea-based electro-optical systems valued at $13.5 billion projected in next 10 years

Posted  November 27, 2013

An estimated $13.5 billion will be spent through 2022 on the research, development, and production of the representative programs covered in Forecast International’s newly updated analysis, “The Market for Land and Sea-Based Electro-Optical Systems.” Of the major EO systems covered in the report, a total of 296,036 units will be produced over the next 10…

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Northrop’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting war fighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers…

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New method of testing parachutes developed

Posted  November 27, 2013

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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