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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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England tour provides total force initiative for 944th LRS

Posted  July 26, 2013

The 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels section traveled across the Atlantic July 15 for its annual tour at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.

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Street Beat – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and two nonmoving violations. Emergency responses July 17: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of fire in the base exchange. A small fire on the roof was quickly put out. There were no…

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Fly Over: ‘The Conjuring’, and ‘Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’’

Posted  July 26, 2013

‘The Conjuring’ Why do I see horror movies in theaters? There will always be that 15-year-old girl who screams at every sound and that jerk who’ll take out his incredibly bright cell phone. Ironically, horror is the one genre better seen in a quiet, tense setting; so, you know, bring the kids. That nightmare aside,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 26, 2013

“Ethics is defined as knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is the right thing to do.” ~Potter Stewart Potter Stewart, former Supreme Court justice, defined ethics as, “Knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is the right thing to do.” Do you…

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Justice Report

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to obey a lawful order. The member received a suspended reduction to E-4, forfeiture of $500 pay and a reprimand. Demotions A senior airman was…

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Construction on track for F-35 basing

Posted  July 26, 2013

Once just plans on paper, the F-35 training facilities at Luke Air Force Base are quickly becoming a reality.

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Commissaries offer ‘Back to School’ savings

Posted  July 26, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are offering significant savings on back-to-school products to help children in the classroom. “Your commissary is the very best choice to get food products for your children’s healthy breakfasts; easy-to-prepare, healthy pack lunches; after-school snacks and other school-related items,” said Michelle Frost, the Defense Commissary Agency’s chief of promotions and…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 26, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before…

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People First – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 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. Special duties…

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Air Force News – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Fiscal 2014 force management programs announced The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials recently said. Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end-strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right…

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