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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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Two thumbs up for red box movie rental kiosk at Luke Exchange

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military families can turn the lights down, the volume up, grab a bag of popcorn and prepare for movie night as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Red Box roll out a new way to rent the hottest movies and video games on military installations. The new offering provides military shoppers with an…

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Street Beat – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 3 through Nov. 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a minor traffic accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle located at Bldg. 586. One individual was pulling…

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T-bolts compete in ‘friendly’ games

Posted  November 15, 2013

Thunderbolts gathered Nov. 8 at venues across Luke Air Force Base to enjoy a day of fun, teamwork and camaraderie during the annual sports day and base picnic.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 15, 2013

John Killinger, a congressman in the mid 1800s, tells about the manager of a minor league baseball team who was so disgusted with his center fielder’s performance that he ordered him to the dugout and assumed the position himself. The first ball that came into center field took a bad hop and hit the manager…

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Know car-buying basics before hitting lot

Posted  November 15, 2013

There sits the car of your dreams. You feel the desire to buy it and maybe you can, but the question is, “Is this purchase going to be a financially smart decision?”

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People First – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 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. Service chiefs…

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Fly Over: ‘Dimly, Through Glass’, and ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted  November 15, 2013

Available online: ‘Dimly, Through Glass’ New author Dirk Knight, after publishing his first short story, has released his first novel, titled “Dimly, Through Glass.” Though its tone and subject matter may alienate some readers, the characters and story are enough to keep other readers invested. After having to kill a man in self-defense following a…

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Merlion takes flight

Posted  November 15, 2013

  The Republic of Singapore’s F-16 fighter jet takes off Oct. 29 during its first launch since the painting of its tail at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen from the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron painted a mural on the tail of the aircraft to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Singapore air force…

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Luke exchange keeping ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Posted  November 15, 2013

With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday. Customers will not have to wait long to start…

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‘Daddy Read a Book’ program helps military families

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military personnel and their families make sacrifices every day, especially when facing times of separation. A program called Daddy Read a Book helps parents bond with their children while deployed.

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