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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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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 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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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior Airman Felicia Kenney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knowledge operations manager Hometown: Millbrook, Ala. Years in service: Three Family: Parents Tra-c and David Kenney, and three younger sisters Education: Attended Tuskegee University and University of Maryland University College. Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My supervisor pushes me to be the best Airman I…

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62nd FS shines at Haboob Havoc

Posted  November 22, 2013

Jasmine Holahan FROM LEFT: Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd Fighter Squadron B-Flight commander; Lt. Col. Frank Bricel, 69th FS assistant director of operations; Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander; Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd FS commander; and Maj. Sean Holahan, 69th FS instructor pilot, pose with the trophy for the overall winning team of the…

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Staying fit through holidays calls for good choices

Posted  November 22, 2013

Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Airman Thomas Cooper, 372nd Training Squadron student crew chief, tries to decide between pumpkin pie and getting a good workout Nov. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Indiscriminate binge eating and lack of physical activity make up the perfect recipe for adding on holiday pounds. Tis the season for family get-togethers, office…

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Street Beat

Posted  November 22, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a report of a minor traffic accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 1240. An individual backed into…

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Air Force News – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

CMSAF launches worldwide CHIEFchat, answers questions Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody shared his perspective on the past, present and future of the Air Force with Airmen, Air Force civilians and their families Nov. 12, during a worldwide CHIEFchat session at the headquarters of the Defense Media Activity. Reduction in force and…

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People First – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 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. Women seminar…

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This Week in History

Posted  November 22, 2013

Courtesy photo Luke Air Force Base students use old-style furniture on a tile floor prior to changes implemented by Gen. Wilbur Creech to improve the workplace for Airmen. 1953: Creech joins Thunderbirds at Luke A Luke Air force Base captain joined the Thunderbird Aerial Demonstration Team at Luke more than 60 years ago this month….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 22, 2013

• Setting up an allotment to a savings account is a great way to build a money “safety net.” Just $50 a month will accrue $600 in a year, enough to cover next year’s holiday gifts or that emergency car repair. Log onto myPay website at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx and enter the financial institution’s routing transit number,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 22, 2013

Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, tells about the Roman aqueduct at Segovia, in his native Spain. It was built in A.D. 109. For 1,800 years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly 60 generations of men drank from its flow. Then came another generation, a recent one that said,…

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