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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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Airman loses eye, continues to serve

Posted  August 16, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Delbert Coburn, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, shoots the ball after getting the rebound during an intramural basketball game against the 56th Contracting Squadron team Aug. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Coburn also continues to play softball after losing his left eye. Imagine returning home from a deployment…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

AF ball The Air Force Ball is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Main Ballroom of the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park. Luke Air Force Base members can purchase tickets from their group representative today through Aug. 30. For more information, call 623-856-7009. 607th ACS changes command Lt. Col. Sean Slaughter…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 16, 2013

Senior Airman Wesley Bohde 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman Hometown: New Haven, Ind. Years in service: Three Family: Wife, Emily; mother, Linda; and father, Matthew Education: Pursuing an aerospace maintenance technology degree at Indiana University Inspirations: Making my family proud; they’re excited about what I’m doing Goals: Make staff sergeant the first…

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Using USB devices on base computers big no-no

Posted  August 16, 2013

The first thing that pops up after logging onto a government computer is a message: “Effective immediately, the following removable flash media are unauthorized on all Department of Defense information systems until further notice: memory sticks, thumb drives and camera flash memory cards.” Many people may not read this message and click through the pop-ups…

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Beat the heat 5k

Posted  August 16, 2013

Luke Air Force Base members begin the Beat the Heat 5k fun run Aug. 9 at Super Sabre Street. The first- through third-place winners in the female category are, respectively: Ally Catana, Leonila Celestino and Kassandra Parot. The first- through third-place winners in the male category are, respectively: Robert Amrich, David Lemery and Jason Mila….

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Getting to know you …

Posted  August 16, 2013

Jenn Rothstein, right, spouse of Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, welcomes spouses new to Luke Air Force Base Aug. 8 during a spouse talk and tour. The tour, sponsored by the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center, is designed to introduce spouses to their new Air Force community.

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Air Force News – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Monday. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory…

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AF Space Command to cease space surveillance system

Posted  August 16, 2013

Due to resource constraints caused by sequestration, Air Force Space Command officials have directed the 21st Space Wing to prepare to discontinue operations

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People First – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 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. TRICARE moves…

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Luke commissary returns to normal operating hours

Posted  August 16, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules Sunday. That announcement came from DeCA Director and CEO Joseph Jeu in the wake of the Defense Department’s Aug. 6 decision to reduce furloughs of its civilian workforce from 11 to six days. “This is welcome news for us all,” Jeu said….

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