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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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Serving in AF equals opportunity

Posted  August 9, 2013

While some may view their time in the Air Force as drudgery, I have always viewed the Air Force as an organization that offers unlimited opportunity. I could discuss multiple Air Force benefits such as education, health care or retirement, but instead I will focus solely on opportunity. Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as a favorable juncture…

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Everyone matters

Posted  August 9, 2013

As Airmen, we experience leadership, core values, morale and standards each day, although we don’t always realize it. At times it is good to take a moment to reflect on these values and think about what role we play in the bigger picture. It is important to understand how vital every Airman is in meeting…

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Youth program points teens to success

Posted  August 9, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Keystone Club Teen Council meet July 26 to discuss upcoming events at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The council is a teen character building and citizenship program enabling members to network and resolve issues impacting military teens. Preteens and teens at the Luke Air Force Base Youth…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman Lance Housh 56th Security Forces Squadron Confinement NCO-in-charge Hometown: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Amittys; daughter, Mia Education: Pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado Previous assignments: Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia Inspirations: My father, retired SFS Master Sgt. Peter Housh, for his continuous support…

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Wing names quarterly award winners

Posted  August 9, 2013

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Douglass Kennemore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Nicole Eisenbarth, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Russell Eberle, 56th Communications Squadron Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Bradford Shields, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. William Maclin, 56th…

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MWDs honored at Dog Days of Summer event

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Lindsey Thompson, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Wax, 56th SFS military working dog, are interviewed by local media about their participation in the annual Dogs Days of Summer event. Thompson and Wax have worked together as a team for more than a year. A military working dog…

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Future soccer champs train at Luke

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Children dribble soccer balls Aug. 2 during the U.K. International Soccer Camp at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The camp took place from July 29 through Aug. 2 for children ages 6 to 12. For more information on 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center activities, call (623) 856-7470.

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Air Force News – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

DOD praises Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, gives Airmen financial peace of mind The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has proven to be an effective tool to give troops and their families some financial peace of mind, Army Col. Paul Kantwill recently told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Kantwill, the director of legal policy for the undersecretary…

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Top Knife program produces cutting-edge flight doctors

Posted  August 9, 2013

Growing up in Lebanon, 2nd Lt. Billy-Joe Liane never dreamed he would be where he is today. However, the opportunity to be a part of the American culture he had closely followed as a child presented itself, and he took it.

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People First – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 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. PLAYpass gives…

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