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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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Sports

Sports Shorts – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Asalin, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, demonstrates good form and grip preparation for a dead lift at the 56th Force Support Squadron Combat Fitness Center. Asalin won the female most weight combined event lifting 1,260 pounds. T-bolts power push to limits Story and photo by Airman 1st Class PEDRO…

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At ‘tip of spear,’ passion keeps pilots sharp

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Gulf of Mexico. Mann deployed to Iraq in 2001 and 2003. It’s a dark night over Baghdad. Storm clouds rumble with the sound of thunder. In poor weather, Air Force pilots move in to escort a navy strike…

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Mentoring without mentoring

Posted  October 18, 2013

It seems that about every other week, there is a new article about leadership in the Thunderbolt expressing myriad theories and pet practices that the author has found successful to use. Frankly, I believe that leadership is much simpler than we in the military make it out to be at times. I do not have…

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Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted  October 18, 2013

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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Gospel service celebrates 40 years

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo The contemporary gospel service poses for a group photo during their first anniversary in 1974. The Luke Community Chapel contemporary gospel service celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday with the theme “Forty Years of Grace and Mercy.” “The gospel service has such a rich history, but one of the facts that most people might…

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News Briefs October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Boots to business The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center is featuring a two-day transition assistance program…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  October 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Melissa Holmes 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial services customer service technician Hometown: Phoenix Years in service: Four Education: One class away from a Community college of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Rio. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in educational studies with Ashford University Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: Helping people…

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944th Airman has two careers, one love

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photos Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Brook, in his early years as a member of the Royal Air Force, left, and currently at Luke Air Force Base. A 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager has served more than 30 years in both active-duty and Reserve status in the U.S. Air Force but started his career…

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Health & Safety

Being active comes loaded with benefits

Posted  October 18, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Airman 1st Class Kory Hickok, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, spots Staff Sgt. Kris Steele, who is also a weapons load crew member, Oct. 8 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Staying active is key to lowering the likelihood of diseases such as diabetes, high blood…

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Happy feet …

Posted  October 18, 2013

Joel Bledsoe, husband of Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, and other guests at the National Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon, dance to salsa music Oct. 10 at the Naval Operations Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. NHHM is observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the heritage and culture of American citizens…

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