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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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U. S. Air Force legal assistance website increases efficiency, tracks satisfaction

Posted  September 20, 2013

When active-duty and Reserve component members, retirees and dependents need wills, powers of attorney, or have legal questions, they can go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html. The purpose of the site is to increase efficiency and track client satisfaction with the Air Force legal assistance program. Because it is a public site, clients may access the site’s features…

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Ellen Ochoa: Took all America offered

Posted  September 20, 2013

America has long been thought of by many as a melting pot. People from all over the planet gave up everything to immigrate to the United States. Many took that risk because they saw an opportunity here that their homeland did not provide for them and their descendants. As cliché as it might sound, America…

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AGE gets lean, increases production

Posted  September 20, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Senior Airman Eric Tillman, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, troubleshoots an electrical system on a turbine generator set Sept. 9 at the Luke Air Force Base AGE shop. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment flight held a Lean event recently in an effort to operate more…

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AF announces E-5, 6, 7 promotions

Posted  September 20, 2013

The following individuals have been selected for promotion: Staff sergeant Toby Demarigny, 56th Maintenance Group Philip Nichols, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Anthony Coleman, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Technical sergeant Nicholas Sevaaetasi, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Master sergeant Glenn Styles, 56th Medical Operations Squadron

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 20, 2013

Senior Airman Brittany Thompson 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: Martin, Tenn. Years in service: Three Family: Son, Braden, 7 Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in information systems technology Inspirations: My son inspires me to be a better person; my grandmother’s faith in me Goals: To become a nurse Greatest feat:…

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News Briefs September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Chapel open positions The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel has four open positions. Resumes are required for all positions and must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Bid documents and full requirements are available at the Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 West Shooting Star Street. Protestant contemporary gospel worship service music…

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Emergency Management Flight: Keeping Thunderbolts at ready

Posted  September 20, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Airmen 1st Class Jacob Brewer, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Management apprentice, examines unexploded ordnance Sept. 10 at the 56th CES REM Flight building. Airmen receive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense survival skill training prior to deploying. September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management…

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Determination

Posted  September 20, 2013

Having a goal and a road map on how to attain that goal is admirable; however, unless there is motivation to continue with that goal, it will fail. Most of us who joined the military did so with a long-term goal in mind. A common reason is the education benefits. Even with the new stipulations…

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There’s value in the struggle

Posted  September 20, 2013

I was watching a video of a motivational speech a few weeks ago and the speaker kept saying the same phrase over and over, “There’s value in the struggle.” In the weeks that have followed, I have found myself echoing those words many times. As an Air Force and a Luke Air Force Base community,…

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