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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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56 FW Facts

Posted  September 27, 2013

Mission To train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters. Training (fiscal 2012) B-course graduates 69 Current students 109 MRA Graduates 311 Current students 32 Leadership Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein Vice wing commander: Col. Jeremy Sloane Director of staff: Lt. Col. Matt Warner Command Chief: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton Operations…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 27, 2013

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin Don’t allow the world’s pressures, bitterness, jealously and anger to rob you of your happiness. It is an inside job and a state of being. Therefore, catch yourself some happiness and maintain that state. Happiness can…

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Street Beat – September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations from Sept. 13 through 19: Tickets Security Forces issued citations for 11 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 14: Security Forces responded to a major vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles located at the intersection of Harris Lane and Shooting Star. Luke fire, emergency and medical…

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This Week in History: September 27

Posted  September 27, 2013

Twenty years ago on Sept. 22, 1993, work began on the $12 million Dysart Canal project. The project was designed to prevent flooding of the base in the future by diverting water on the north and east sides of base.

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56th FW Command Priorities

Posted  September 27, 2013

Mission Luke Air Force Base must produce the world’s best F-16 fighter pilots while also deploying Airmen trained and ready to fight ongoing combat operations.   Leadership We must consciously develop our officer, enlisted and civilian Airmen into leaders. The true strength of America’s airpower is not in our equipment, but rather in the minds,…

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Capt. Pete Fernandez: Hispanic-American Ace

Posted  September 27, 2013

Son of the chief radio operator for Pan American World Airways, Capt. Manuel “Pete” Fernandez grew up immersed in aviation and earned his private pilot’s license at 15.

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Luke Book Group enjoy lively discussions

Posted  September 27, 2013

In the middle of the day, people from all walks of life gather at the Luke library for some fun. In a circle surrounded by books and enough information for the most avid reader, the Luke Book Group for adults meets up to enjoy lively discussions, food and each other’s company.

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Red Cross helps dental profession

Posted  September 27, 2013

A journey that started almost a year ago came to completion Sept. 19 when two Red Cross volunteers finished their training with the 56th Dental Squadron.

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Sports Shorts – September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Lamar Grimes, 56th Force Support Squadron recreation aide, shoots a floater Sept. 17 during the intramural basketball championship game at Luke Air Force Base. Grimes made the shot, adding two points to the FSS score. FSS basketball team wins intramural championship Photo and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th…

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Legislature in session …

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airmen from the medical education and training simulator lab and Arizona state representatives practice self-aid buddy care Sept. 11 on a manikin with a simulated severe injury at the 56th Medical Group ETS lab. The legislators also received a briefing on the state-of-the-art medical technology used to educate Luke Air Force Base Airmen. The legislators…

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