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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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Air Force News – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Aviano couple receives first same-sex joint spouse assignment They waited patiently each day, week and month checking the news, filing repeals and losing hope. But, Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and Tech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk received the news they had been longing for on Sept. 3, 2013, when the two Aviano Airmen were informed that they…

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People First – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 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. Senior leaders…

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This Week in History: September 20

Posted  September 20, 2013

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. Tom Selfridge Sept. 17, 1908: Selfridge flies with Wright Thomas Selfridge was born on Feb. 8, 1882, in San Francisco. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1903. That was the same class as Douglas MacArthur. Selfridge graduated in the top third of his class. After graduation,…

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Bioenvironmental: keeping people safe

Posted  September 20, 2013

An Airman begins to prepare an F-16 for a new paint job. Another works on maintaining the base radar. A spouse begins cooking a meal by bringing water to a boil, and a retiree sits in the clinic waiting to see the doctor

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 20, 2013

  “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t happen on its own. It takes intentionality to survey our lives and the world around us and see the beauty. There are many negative things that seek to cast a shadow…

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Fly Over: ‘Prisoners’, and ‘Don Jon’

Posted  September 20, 2013

In theaters: ‘Prisoners’ Director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) embarking on his first major Hollywood film after years as an independent filmmaker wrote a letter to the audience humbly expressing his reservations about working with big film producers, but assured the audience that if the film was a flop it was entirely on him. Well sir, you…

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Air Force Ball

Posted  September 20, 2013

Photos from the Air Force Ball held Sept.14 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.

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Street Beat – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations from Sept. 6 through 12, 2013 Tickets Security Forces issued citations for 11 moving violations. Traffic related incidents Sept. 6: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Sept. 6: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airman 1st Class Dontae Smith, 56th Communication Squadron, attempts a lay-up Sept. 11 during an intramural basketball playoff game at Luke Air Force Base. CS defeated Army 44-42. CS basketball team eliminates Army in close match Photos and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Communications Squadron battled the…

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Air Force tuition assistance undergoing changes

Posted  September 13, 2013

Changes to the application process and some of the guidelines for the Air Force tuition assistance program go into effect with classes that begin after Oct. 1. These changes will require supervisors to bear more responsibility for their Airmen filing for TA. “Supervisors will have in-depth control and will now be held accountable,” said Joan…

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