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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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This Week in History

Posted  August 23, 2013

  56th Fighter Group’s first ace On Aug. 19, 1943, Capt. Gerald Johnson, 61st Fighter Squadron, was the first 56th Fighter Group pilot to claim and be credited with five kills, thus becoming its first ace. Much later, it was determined that one of his Aug. 17 kills was also claimed by 1st Lt. Frank…

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SFS Airmen fire away …

Posted  August 23, 2013

When Airmen receive orders to deploy, there are multiple tasks they have to complete before leaving the home station, such as filling out paperwork to out-process. And for those going to a combat area, they must qualify on certain weapons.

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People First – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 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. Tuition assistance…

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Air Force News – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

DOD announces extending same-sex spouse benefits The Defense Department announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and DOD civilian employees, according to a DOD news release recently issued. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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607th ACS changes command

Posted  August 23, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Charles Jones Monday at the 607th Air Control Squadron change-of-command ceremony. The squadron’s mission is to train operators and maintainers, deploy warfighters and provide world-class in-garrison radar control to flying units.

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Keesler, Sheppard, Vance shine in King of Hill game

Posted  August 23, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The King of the Hill game has ended, and three Air Education and Training Command bases have been spotlighted for best idea, individual participation and wing participation. Keesler Air Force Base’s idea on “C3 Multifunctional Device Initiatives,” which involved renegotiating print, copy, scan and fax lease agreements, won the…

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Self-help services available

Posted  August 23, 2013

Courtesy photo Ronnie Peele , civilian, works on his car in one of the Luke Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop’s liftless stalls. When it comes to some “do-it-yourselfers,” fixing up one’s own car is gratifying and worthwhile, more so than simply having a mechanic take care of everything. For such people here on base,…

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Ops desk beating heart of flying squadron

Posted  August 23, 2013

Every fighter squadron at Luke Air Force Base has a central area manned by Airmen who make sure pilots are able to fly daily. “The operations desk is where each pilot stops to get important information and the green light to fly before stepping to their aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron…

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Med group rewards physical fitness

Posted  August 23, 2013

Just as other groups on Luke Air Force Base have their own competitions, like the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Month award, the 56th Medical Group has created a Commander’s Cup to help raise fitness awareness amongst its Airmen. The trophy and title of “Most Fit Corps,” is given to the team from the 56th…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 23, 2013

Senior Airman Jeanette Backhaus 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory Journeyman Hometown: Las Vegas Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Dustin and daughter, Sasha Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: Jane Goodall Goals: Obtain a medical laboratory technician certification; become an officer Greatest feat: Scoring 92.3 on the physical training…

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