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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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Salutes & Awards

JAG Airman gets spot in NECP

Posted  July 19, 2013

She enlisted in the Air Force at age 18, cross-trained later in her career and now she is earning a commission in the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program. Tech Sgt. Tiffany Ebueng, 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate NCO-in-charge of military justice, has worked hard to get where she is. She always wanted to be a…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Gladney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Assistant dedicated crew chief Hometown: San Antonio Years in service: Two Family: Wife, Laura; and daughter, Kairi Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: My wife and daughter. They make me want to be a…

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Command chief shares message with Airmen

Posted  July 19, 2013

Senior AirmanKATE VAUGHN Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Luke Air Force Base Airmen during an enlisted call July 12 at the Bryant Fitness Center. Topics included driving under the influence prevention, wingmanship and leadership. The top enlisted leader of Luke Air Force Base hosted a series of enlisted…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

AF ball – save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Backpacks of Love The annual Backpacks of Love drive has…

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Commentary

What is your leadership style?

Posted  July 19, 2013

As leaders in today’s Air Force, we are presented early on with the rewarding challenge of leadership. But what is your leadership style? When you first joined the military, you were greeted by a military training instructor. After your ears stopped ringing, you unknowingly came to the conclusion that your MTI was using an authoritarian…

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Who will go? Send Me

Posted  July 19, 2013

One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 6:8, “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” I can think of few better words to describe the servant leader. In our day-to-day struggles, it is easy to…

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Shoplifting can take base access, career, more

Posted  July 19, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the effects and consequences of shoplifting at Luke Air Force Base. Next week the article will address the effects shoplifting has on the base exchange and highlight the security system that has cut the number of thefts in half since 2009, according to Luke’s Loss…

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Egress makes difference between life, death

Posted  July 19, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. FROM LEFT: Luis Berrelez, Airman 1st Class Cameron Weston and Harry Webber, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, examine the ACES II ejection seat July 9 at the 56th CMS egress section. Aircrew egress systems specialists maintain and repair items associated with aircraft escape and survival systems such as warning lights, emergency oxygen…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Beat-the-heat run The beat-the-heat 5k fun run is 6:30 a.m. Aug. 9 outside the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters, Bldg. 988. Awards, prizes and refreshments are included. For more information, call 623-856-6241. Warrior PT challenge A warrior PT challenge, with all military branches, first responders, police and off-base gym members invited to participate, is scheduled for 6…

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Single Airmen offered free bowling lessons

Posted  July 26, 2013

Have you ever wanted to learn how to bowl? What if you could receive free lessons? Although it’s open to everyone, the Single Airman Program is offering the lessons at no cost to single Airmen.

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