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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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Mentoring happens on daily basis

Posted  July 26, 2013

What do teaching, coaching and mentoring all have in common? They all require communication and interaction. Teaching and coaching typically involve a controlled environment with determined settings, timeframes and performance centered on improvement in a specific skill area. Mentoring, on the other hand, is open, continues to evolve over time and allows nurturing of the…

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To serve requires automatic sacrifice

Posted  July 26, 2013

For those who have been in the service for a while, sacrifice is a word that is well known and experienced by all. It can be used to describe numerous occasions. It brings sorrow to some and pride to others. It is viewed in multiple ways. It’s not a bad word and can be seen…

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Shoplifting affects more than exchange’s bottom line

Posted  July 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the last of a series of articles on shoplifting at Luke. When items disappear from some off-base retailers due to shoplifting, it hurts those companies’ ability turn a profit and benefit stockholders. However, when shoplifting happens at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange, the effects cut deeper. “The reason the Luke…

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News Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 26, 2013

Senior Airman John Standley 56th Comptroller Squadron Contingency Operations Budget Analyst Hometown: Azusa, Calif. Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Courtney, and sons, Tyson Miller, 3, and Peyton, 2 months Education: Pursing a Community College of the Air Force degree in financial management Inspirations: My grandfather, as a World War II veteran I wanted to…

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308th FS under new management

Posted  July 26, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Christopher Bacon, incoming 308th Fighter Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 11 at Luke Air Force Base.

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O-5 selects announced

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following majors have been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: Ben Aronhime, 56th Training Squadron David Lemery, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Benjamin Bartlett, 56th Fighter Wing Dennis Lincoln, 56th Operations Group Robert Mason, 309th Fighter Squadron Jeffrey Montgomery, 308th Fighter Squadron Nathan Smith, 62nd FS Steven Whisler, 309th FS

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following individuals and units are best-of-the-best: Load crew Crew 94 ME2 Lee Kok Foong, ME2 Winston Lim and ME1 Deepanraj, 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Maintenance professional Airman: Airman 1st Class Mark McClary, 308th AMU NCO: Staff Sgt. Russel Houser, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Andres Vasquez, 62nd AMU Maintenance support professional…

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Class gives tips on making move smooth

Posted  July 26, 2013

Every year hundreds of military families move from one base to another and each move gets a little easier, but who said it didn’t have to be easy to start with. The 56th Force Support Squadron’s Airman and Family Readiness Center is here to help make it easy for everyone, whether it’s the first or…

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Running clinic gets Airmen fired up about fitness

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist, participates in a spin class with Airmen July 17 at the 56th AMDS Health and Wellness Center. The class is part of the running clinic, a six-week-long program designed to improve fitness test scores. Running is part of the physical training test and as such,…

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