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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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People First – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 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. Leaders advise…

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Health & Safety

Like bikes? Here’s how to ride on base

Posted  November 1, 2013

It’s that time of year. Temperatures drop and around-the-clock needs for air conditioning evaporate into the fading memory of summer. Many Arizonans trade horse power for human power – the kind driven by two legs and two wheels.

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Newly painted tail flash celebrates 20 years of partnership between Luke, RSAF

Posted  November 1, 2013

It’s brightly painted in red and white and definitely one of a kind.

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FIT WARRIOR OF THE WEEK – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Senior Airman Anthony Bronikowski Scored 100 percent on PT test 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Aircraft Structural Maintenance journeyman   1. How do you stay fit? I eat healthy and workout three to five times a week. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I want to be the best I can be in my career…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 1, 2013

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank While traveling, Joe bought a small bag of cookies from the airport snack shop. He found his gate, sat down and took his laptop out of his backpack. A little while later a gentleman came and sat down…

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Fly Over: ‘12 Years a Slave’, and ‘Carrie’

Posted  November 1, 2013

In theaters: ’12 Years a Slave’ “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen, is one of those movies I’m glad I saw, but wouldn’t necessarily want to see again anytime soon. The film is based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man from the north who was kidnapped and sold into…

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Nature enthusiasts gather for festival

Posted  November 1, 2013

Ten Luke Air Force Base Airmen volunteered for the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival Oct. 26 at the convergence of the three rivers, Gila, Salt and Aqua Fria.

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Street Beat – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 19 through 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and two non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 20: Security forces assisted a civilian after a major vehicle accident which took place on 135th Avenue and damaged the west perimeter wall of Ocotillo Housing. The…

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Sports

Commander’s cup up for grabs

Posted  November 1, 2013

Stretching out to catch a fly ball, diving on the court for a loose ball or catching the game-winning touchdown pass is just some of what a player may need to do for his squadron to win points for the commander’s cup. With two months left in the year, squadrons are separating themselves from the…

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Sports Shorts – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Yotes visit Luke Senior Airman David Owsianka Senior Airman Jesse Cherry, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Ivan Lewis, 756th AMXS weapons load crew chief, speak with Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes right wing and team captain, Monday during a meet-and-greet on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Several Coyotes players toured…

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