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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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Air Force News – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

EPME course return policy explained The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer…

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Costumes make this a true: Fun Run

Posted  October 25, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts participated in the Ghostly Ghoul 5k Fun Run Oct. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen were encouraged to don their Halloween best during the run. Prizes were given for both the fastest runners and the best costumes. The Turkey Trot 5k fun run is Nov. 22. Photos by Senior…

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From Airmen to restaurateurs

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Preston and Donovan Walden, Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill co-owners, stand in front of the restaurant Oct. 11 at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. The brothers are prior active-duty Airmen. They offer military personnel a 15 percent discount on food and beverages. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Donovan…

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  October 25, 2013

The following individuals are best-of-the-best: Load crew Staff Sgt. Matthew Popp, Senior Airmen Ken Yoshimoto and Airman 1st Class Meiling Keiki, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Dalton McNealy, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooper, 56th AMXS Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Grissom, 56th EMS Maintenance support professional Airman:…

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56th MDG Airmen honored at gala

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy photos FROM LEFT: Marian Budnik, Col. Carol Andrews and Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group nurses, were among the finalists last month at the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Caring Spirit, paid tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who have delivered the highest…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Victoria Edge 56th Maintenance Group Knowledge operations manager Hometown: DeLand, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mikel, husband Inspirations: My grandfather and Dan Troxell, both very hard working, honest men Goals: Be the best person I can be and at what I do Famous last words: “There is always something for which…

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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Finance office closed The finance customer service office is closed Nov. 5 and 8 for department functions. For more information, call…

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LRS Airmen keep sweepers on streets

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airman 1st Class Michael Shirley, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron maintenance mechanic journeyman, fixes a crank shaft seal Wednesday in the vehicle maintenance building. To ensure pilots can successfully complete missions, we often think of the areas of training, fuel or maintenance. One area mostly likely not thought of is the three…

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Lead with passion

Posted  October 25, 2013

There are many avenues that individuals may take in order to lead their flock in a desired direction. However, not all paths create the same anticipated effect. We have all heard of the “21 Qualities of a Leader” or “The Pathway to Leadership,” and they both have similar suggested attributes to becoming a successful leader….

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Airman’s Creed: What does it mean?

Posted  October 25, 2013

We have all found ourselves standing at promotion ceremonies and other military functions where we as a group recite the Airman’s Creed. But why do we say the Airman’s Creed? Better yet, what does it mean? To understand the why, we need to understand what a creed is. A creed is a system of guiding…

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