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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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Failure spurs great leaders

Posted  September 13, 2013

Failing at leadership on the surface might seem to be somewhat of an oxymoron, but as we explore this phenomenon as a reality of leadership, we will discover that failing at leadership has spurred many leaders and entrepreneurs to greatness. History is replete with men and women who in spite of their failures, persevered to…

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Certainty of combat shapes thoughts

Posted  September 13, 2013

“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but a corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their…

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Attitude key to overcoming adversity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka John Acosta, 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center sports director, speaks with referees about intramural basketball rules during halftime of a game Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Imagine you’re a 36-year-old technical sergeant at the top of your game in aircraft maintenance. The year is…

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Thunderbolt of the Week September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman Joel Alfaro-Salazar 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman Hometown: El Paso, Texas Years in service: Four Family: Son, Paxton Jay Alfaro, 2 Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: Being a good role model for my son;…

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ALS graduates 44 Airmen

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated two staff sergeants and 42 senior airmen Aug. 29 from class 13-6. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michael Brideau, 56th Maintenance Group Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Michael McNew, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron;…

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Mixed martial arts gains popularity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, sweeps his opponent at the MMA Lab, a mixed martial arts studio in Glendale. Fighters like Manglona use proper positioning to overcome larger or stronger opponents. Mixed martial arts, a combat sport that combines striking and grappling techniques from a variety of disciplines,…

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Youngest Navy enlistee becomes admiral

Posted  September 13, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month and featuring individuals of hispanic decent and the contributions they made to the U.S. ‘Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!’ Those famous words were shouted by James Glasgow Farragut. Born July 5, 1801, he would go down in history as…

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News Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Third-party insurance collections All nonactive-duty beneficiaries using 56th Medical Group facilities must sign the electronic Department of Defense Form 2569 on an annual basis. This allows the military to bill other health insurance companies for medical care, including pharmaceuticals. Electronic DD Form 2569s can be signed at any clinic within the 56th Medical Group and…

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Air Force News – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

66 installations to receive virtual fitness kiosks To help improve total force fitness levels, the Air Force is installing “Fitness on Request” kiosks at 66 locations by the end of September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Part of the Operational Fitness Program, the kiosks are available to all Airmen, including retirees and family members, at…

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People First – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 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. Operation Supplement Safety…

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