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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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Street Beat – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 5 through Oct. 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and one nonmoving violations. Emergency responses Oct. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a medical emergency located at Bldg. 179. The patient was transported to West Valley Hospital. Oct. 10: Security…

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MDOS decons victims in exercise

Posted  October 18, 2013

Airmen from 56th Medical Operations Squadron took part in a decontamination exercise Oct. 10 at the 56th Medical Group clinic.

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Fly Over: ‘Ip Man’, and ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′

Posted  October 18, 2013

‘Ip Man’ Being the Netflixer I am today, I came across a movie named “Ip Man” and honestly, I just looked at the high rating it earned and decided to watch it. “Ip Man” is a film from Hong Kong and is, to some extent, based on the life of Yip Man, grandmaster of the…

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Domestic Abuse Hotline Online: 623-255-3487

Posted  October 18, 2013

Luke Air Force Base has a Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate service available 24/7 that’s free and confidential. Individuals can call and get questions answered regarding domestic violence without having to disclose identifying information. Purpose: To help serve victims and potential victims of domestic abuse Eligibility: Limited to active-duty members and their spouses, although other Luke…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 18, 2013

“What we are finding is that religious involvement seems to be an unintended consequence, not the goal of people who become religious.” — Dr. Harold Koenig You’ve heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but can prayer keep the doctor away? Dr. Harold Koenig, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at…

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EOD blows it up

Posted  October 18, 2013

The sun blazed down as they hiked and climbed through the rough terrain. As the search for improvised explosive devices continued they were forced into a defensive stance, firing at enemy targets.

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Energy efficiency gives AF air, space, cyberspace advantage

Posted  October 18, 2013

October, Energy Action Month, provides an opportunity for Airmen to learn more about the impact of energy to the Air Force’s mission as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to…

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This Week in History

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Towed aerial target retrieval. Oct. 14, 2003: Towed aerial target era ends Before 1956, aircraft on the Barry M. Goldwater Range used tow targets for air-to-air training. Another aircraft towed the targets behind them for the trailing aircraft’s pilot to hone his or her gunnery skills. The towed aerial targets took on the…

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People First – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 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. New Air…

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Air Force News – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

Shutdown endangers reserve component readiness Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness. Within the Defense Department, the reserve components are the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. The Coast…

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