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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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FST saves service members’ lives

Posted  September 6, 2013

The phone rings and a medic answers. It’s a service member ready to give a nine-line report. There’s been a rocket attack resulting in several injuries. The medics quickly prepare for the incoming patients.

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People First – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 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. Humanitarian assignments…

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Air Force News – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Airmen can showcase their talent during upcoming competition If you have talent and want to show it off, Air Force Personnel Center Services officials have announced a new opportunity for you. The Air Force “U Got Talent” program features base-level competitions held around the world in September and October. Competitions are open to all active-duty…

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This week in history: September 6

Posted  September 6, 2013

September 1989: Northrop military sales training ends Courtesy photo An F-5 sits on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base sometime in the early ‘80s. The Northrop F-5 Foreign Military Sales training program ended after locally producing 1,499 graduates and 200 more using mobile training teams. That training program was somewhat unusual. The program was…

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted  September 6, 2013

There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and…

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Luke personal trainer overcomes obstacles

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, second from the left, poses for a photo with his track teammates in May 1979 in California. This photo was taken 11 months after Johnson recovered from a serious car accident. Looking at Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael Giles Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Armament Systems instructor Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Tech. Sgt. Marquia Giles; children, Jaylen, 11; Christian, 10; Micah, 4; Arianna, 1 Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in armament maintenance, instructor of technical military science and instructor of certification…

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Local Briefs September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Base blood drive Donate blood at the times and locations below: Sept. 23 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Sept. 24 8 a.m. to noon at the 607th Air Control Squadron 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bldg. 913 1 to 5 p.m. at Bldg. 917 2 to 6 p.m….

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Munitions storage vital to AMMO

Posted  September 6, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Master Sgt. Howard Suggs, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Storage NCO-in-charge, ties a special ammo knot securing the wooden crates in one of the munitions storage units Aug. 26 on Luke Air Force Base. Munitions storage is responsible for managing and storing 18 million pounds of munitions on base, which is worth…

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Invest in your Air Force career

Posted  September 6, 2013

How many of us have attempted to withdraw money from an ATM and received an “insufficient funds” response? We all know that in order to receive money from an ATM, money must be deposited into the account. I was once asked to compare my Air Force career to a bank account. I was asked to…

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