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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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Commissary Rewards Card to offer mobile app

Posted  August 16, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Your Commissary Rewards Card celebrated its one-year anniversary Aug. 8 by delivering a gift – to you. “A mobile application has been released and is available from the app store for customers who use the iPhone or iPad,” said Marye Carr, DeCA’s Rewards Card program manager. “The app will allow you…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  August 16, 2013

  “You can only govern men by serving them.” ~Victor Cousin, French philosopher (1792-1867) A mark of a great leader is that he puts the needs of those he leads ahead of his own. You will never be effective at any level, no matter your leadership title, if you disregard the needs of those you lead….

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It takes a village …

Posted  August 16, 2013

Luke Air Force Base features many services that support the military community. From chaplain services to the education center, the base has much to offer for Luke Airmen.

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Street Beat – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Aug. 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Super Sabre Street and Johnson Lane. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses Aug….

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Tombstone – town too tough to die

Posted  August 16, 2013

Steely-eyed gunslingers, the rumble of galloping hooves and the sweet chill of sarsaparilla on a hot Arizona day may sound like items from a western movie but in Tombstone, these elements are still as alive as they were in the late 1800s.

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Fly Over: ‘Monster Brawl’, and ‘Sharknado’

Posted  August 16, 2013

‘Monster Brawl’ It’s my fault, really. Nobody forced me to go on Netflix, surf through the movie selections and pick this. But what was I supposed to do? It was called “Monster Brawl,” it promised monsters brawling. I had to give in to my passion for stupid and violent movies. “Monster Brawl,” however, is stupid…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 16, 2013

The Air Force accepted its first production model F-16, aircraft 78-0001, Aug. 17, 1978, from the General Dynamics plant, now Lockheed Martin, in Fort Worth, Texas. Up until 1959, U.S. fighter aircraft production starts were fairly constant.

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Sports Shorts – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Jabari Johnson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, avoids defenders during a game Aug. 7 against the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron team at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. CES defeated LRS 55-49.   CES holds off LRS in close matchup — wins 55-49 Photo and story by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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E-5 selects announced

Posted  August 15, 2013

The following senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant: 56th Comptroller Squadron Lakindra Favors and Wade Williams Jr. 56th Operations Support Squadron Ashley Barth, Trevon Brinkley, Mariaisabel Cruz, Corey Ingraham, Anthony Meadows, Theodore Pelfrey, Marcellus Pouncil, Michael Seymour, Alexena Simien, Raul Valdez, Voss Rojelio Jr. and Austin Zacker 56th Training Squadron William…

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AF moves require many hands

Posted  August 9, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the 56th Medical Group carry a decontamination tent to a setup location during a natural disaster exercise Aug. 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise gave Airmen the opportunity to use their life-saving skills in a training environment. During the summer, many military families go through a…

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