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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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Spike students combat train with Navy Super Hornets

Posted  August 30, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing recently hosted four F/A-18E Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. The aircraft were brought in to provide joint air combat training for students undergoing initial F-16 qualification training. Pilots from Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 14 planned, briefed and debriefed at the 62nd FS and flew in support of 10…

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It’s football season! Get coach’s perspective on leadership

Posted  August 30, 2013

How many times over the course of your military career were you given the title of a leadership oriented book to read written by a mega-millionaire CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Can you relate what you do to that CEO? How about a book that analyzes the traits of our nation’s greatest generals? I…

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People, mission entwined – smart to not compromise

Posted  August 30, 2013

By now, most of us of have been in the presence of a first-class leader who stated his personal and professional beliefs were twofold – people and mission. Which bears more importance? If you were to survey 100 people, half would say people and the other half would say mission. The truth is the people…

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Airman overcomes tough past

Posted  August 30, 2013

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Lloydon Adler Balili, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry technician, sits on his father’s lap as his family has their picture taken in the back yard of their home on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. He was 5. He stepped out his door and looked down the street. He saw homes…

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Local Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  August 30, 2013

Cinderella, Prince Charming closet The Cinderella and Prince Charming Closet is looking for 100 new or gently used formal gowns, cocktail dresses and prom dresses in all sizes, colors and styles, as well as handbags and accessories to complete an outfit. For men, they are looking for 25 new or gently used business suits or…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 30, 2013

Staff Sgt. Ronnie Saldana 607th Air Control Squadron Weapons director evaluations NCO-in-charge Hometown: Buena Park, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Jessica; children, Gwendolyn, 6, Gavin, 2, and Mila, 6 months Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in computer and information science Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Spangdahlem Air Base,…

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AFRC announces O-5 selects

Posted  August 30, 2013

The following Air Force Reserve majors were selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: 944th Operations Group Shawn Ortiz 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Richard Valdes 69th Fighter Squadron Keith Gempler Jon Giulietti Chad Jennings Peter Scholl David Scott Rodney Thurman Edsel Wooten II 924th Fighter Group Brian Cusson 45th FS Scott Petts Joseph Rucker 307th FS…

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This week in history

Posted  August 30, 2013

Aug. 25, 1953: Peacemaker becomes flying aircraft carrier The Air Force announced Aug. 25, 1953, that the Convair B-36 Peacemaker had become a “flying aircraft carrier” that could launch and recover Republic F-84 Thunderjet aircraft. It’s hard to believe this story began with the German Blitz of England in 1940 to 1941. England took such…

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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  August 30, 2013

Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington, 56th Medical Operations Squadron…

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From court to cockpit, vice wing commander brings A-Game

Posted  August 30, 2013

Col. Jeremy Sloane, who last month took over as the new vice wing commander at Luke Air Force Base, has always been a high achiever. As a basketball star at Federal Way High School, Wash., he set the all-time school record for points scored. Two players have since broken that record, and both went on…

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