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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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Enlisted spouses give back to community

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Luke Air Base Enlisted Spouses’ Club discuss items from the agenda July 23 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center. Luke’s ESC is a diverse group of spouses from all walks of life that represent a variety of skills, talents and interests. In the entrance…

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LFE pulls out stops, final test of skill

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 310th Fighter Squadron takes off during a large force exercise July 19 at Luke Air Force Base. An LFE is the capstone to a pilot’s B-Course that tests the skills learned throughout the course. Every student pilot taking the B Course must take part in…

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Luke members prepare to walk across country

Posted  August 2, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Retired Chief Master Sgt. Barry Lewis walks around the track during the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Luke Air Force Base track. Lewis walked during the 10-hour event in preparation for walking from Phoenix to his home town of Fredericktown, Penn. What is the first thing you intend to do after…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Leslie Eccles 56th Operations Support Squadron Intelligence Operations Fighter Squadron Support NCO-in-charge Hometown: LaVergne, Tenn Years in service: Four Family: Parents, Donna and Joseph Eccles and brother, Joseph Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England Inspirations: My first inspiration is from my…

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Luke IPs use downrange experience to train F-16 pilots

Posted  August 2, 2013

What is the most useful way to train an Airman? Using career development courses? What about using knowledge that one has gained from working at their home station? Maj. Andre Senay, 56th Training Squadron air-to-air subject matter expert, and Maj. Ryan Savageau, 310th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, use what they have gained from…

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In Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished…

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Gettin’ picky …

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Capt. Anthony Generous, 308th Fighter Squadron, volunteers with others to remove trash and debris along Glendale Avenue on July 26. The 308th FS adopted a mile of road to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets.

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CCAF important for career progression

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Air Force is all about improving its personnel. We’re always learning on the job. There are Airmen at Luke right now who are working to achieve their 3 level. We have the career development courses to become even further tasked, eventually leading to the mystical 0 rating held by chiefs. But learning doesn’t stop…

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Take time to recharge

Posted  August 2, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing is full of amazing Airmen who do amazing things day after day. We work hard, we work long hours and we continuously strive for perfection as we accomplish the mission. We do so despite constant reductions in manning, money and available time. Our output is high and constant. But I ask…

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First F-35 bound for Luke AFB

Posted  August 2, 2013

John Wilson The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base, sits on the assembly line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. It is expected to arrive at Luke Air Force Base early next year. AF-41 is one of 126 F-35s in various stages of production worldwide….

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