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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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This Week in History

Posted  August 23, 2013

  56th Fighter Group’s first ace On Aug. 19, 1943, Capt. Gerald Johnson, 61st Fighter Squadron, was the first 56th Fighter Group pilot to claim and be credited with five kills, thus becoming its first ace. Much later, it was determined that one of his Aug. 17 kills was also claimed by 1st Lt. Frank…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  August 23, 2013

Peter Scazzero   “The key to successful spiritual leadership has much more to do with the leader’s internal life than with the leader’s expertise, gifts or experience.” Peter Scazzero Founder – Emotionally Healthy Spirituality It is easy to overlook the connection between our emotional and spiritual lives. We are busy dealing with the vagaries of…

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Fly Over: ‘Elysium’, and ‘Jobs’

Posted  August 23, 2013

‘Elysium’ I’ve always been a big fan of movies with an underlying theme of a great divide between social classes where the poor tend to stay deprived while the rich enjoy a life of extravagance. And for me, the movie “Elysium” was just that. The movie takes place both on a barren Earth and on…

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Strength, physique wins prize at bodybuilding competition

Posted  August 23, 2013

When people think of bodybuilding, they think of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman or Lou Ferrigno, bodies bulging with muscles and the image of superhuman strength.

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Street Beat – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and five non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 9: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident near Bldg. 312. There were no injuries. Aug. 12: Security forces responded to a report…

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Sports Shorts – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

Jeremy Martinez, 56th Force Support Squadron, attempts to pass the defender during an intramural basketball game against 56th Medical Group at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. MDG defeated FSS 42-39.   MDG beats FSS The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th Force Support Squadron team for bragging rights during an intramural basketball…

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Flight medicine keeps pilots fit-to-fly

Posted  August 16, 2013

Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Jovanny Reyes, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron aerospace medicine technician, takes the vitals of Capt. George Normandin, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, Aug. 9 at flight medicine on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen with the 56th AMDS are responsible for ensuring all aviation-associated personnel are taken care of medically. To ensure the…

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Back-to-school time as children hit streets

Posted  August 16, 2013

Every August, thousands of children ages 5 to 18 begin once again using the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session, which means those morning and afternoon hours will be filled with school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for children,” said Ben Bruce,…

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Lesson learned from bag of peanuts

Posted  August 16, 2013

Life lessons are sometimes learned in the most unexpected places. Like most, I’ve worked for and learned from leaders and mentors with different leadership styles. I’ve learned that there is a time and place for all styles of leadership. However, John Maxwell was spot on in his “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” when he stated…

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Take early, active role in career … it’s yours!

Posted  August 16, 2013

During a recent Luke Air Force Base Top 3 meeting, two chiefs gave a briefing geared toward providing guidance and feedback on the promotion board process of competing for the top two enlisted ranks, senior and chief master sergeant. Promotion selection for these two ranks is a two-phased process consisting of weighted Airmen promotion system…

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