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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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Engineers prepare for action downrange

Posted  November 22, 2013

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron embarked on an annual training exercise to help them prepare for deployments known as Prime BEEF Nov. 13 and 14 at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona.

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Justice Report

Posted  November 22, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in the third quarter: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • An airman first class was found guilty of underage drinking, drunk driving and making a false official statement. The member received forfeiture of $1,266 pay per month for three months,…

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Fly Over: ‘Bridegroom’, and ‘V/H/S/2′

Posted  November 22, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Bridegroom’ It’s been a year of joyful tears, celebration and relief for members of the gay community with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, but it wasn’t always this way. A friend of mine recommended I watch a documentary titled “Bridegroom.” She said the movie touched…

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‘Hot’ times had at Campout

Posted  November 22, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Jason Phillip, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight assistant NCO in charge, feeds a s’more to his daughter, Brielle, 2, while sitting at one of the fire pots made available to campers for roasting marshmallows. The next family campout is scheduled for mid-April 2014.   Sydney Bradley, 13, fills a tube with sugar…

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Sports Shorts – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Michael Dicicco, left, 56th Security Forces Squadron, guards the base during an intramural sports game at Luke Air Base. Dicicco is actively involved in four sports and encourages his Airmen to get involved too. Sports build better Airman by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs How many multisport athletes…

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Arizona Cardinals visit Luke

Posted  November 15, 2013

Capt. Michael Mickus, 62nd Fighter Squadron scheduling chief, speaks to Arizona Cardinals football players during a meet and greet Nov. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Hangar 913. Cardinals players and cheerleaders visited Luke, received a mission brief and greeted more than 300 Airmen.

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Old fuel tank gets facelift

Posted  November 15, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Ed Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels terminal superintendent, stands above a fuel tank under renovation Oct. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. This JP-8 jet fuel tank is the largest at Luke and was built in the 1940s. The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight is renovating a fuel…

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We all need to be resilient

Posted  November 15, 2013

If you think you’ve had your fair share of resiliency training, I understand, but I urge you to continue reading and take this article as a book review. My hope is that after you’ve read my message, it will convince you to go to the base library to check out a copy of “Unbroken” by…

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Developmental special duty: Are you ready to answer call?

Posted  November 15, 2013

Recently, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody introduced an initiative referred to as “development special duty” that will enhance how we currently develop our enlisted force. Commanders will nominate their best performers to serve in select special duty positions to ensure, as the chief states, “we have the right enlisted Airmen in…

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Fighter pilot goes above, beyond call of duty

Posted  November 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Maj. Adam Thornton, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, stands next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Thornton deployed to Aviano in support of Operation Unified Protector where he received an Air Medal for acts above and beyond the call of duty. “It was dusk, one of the worst times…

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