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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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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Local

Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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LAUSANNE KINDER Local

Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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Additional F-35s coming to Luke

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Arizona Governor Janice Brewer speaks to reporters about Luke Air Force Base being chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lighting II aircraft June 27 in the Luke AFB Wing Headquarters Conference Room. The additional aircraft bring the total number of fifth-generation fighters to 144. Aircraft are expected to begin…

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Getting details right matters

Posted  July 12, 2013

“If we can’t get the simple things right – patients worry about the rest of care.” My Medical Corp Chief, Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, spoke those words at a quality and patient safety meeting several years ago, and the words continue to resonate with me. In the Air Force medical service our patients’ health is…

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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted  July 12, 2013

One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about pursuing educational goals. The…

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Inner drive pushed All-American to qualify for 2008 Olympics

Posted  July 12, 2013

2nd Lt.CANDICE DILLITTE Airman 1st Class Kyle Young, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport systems apprentice, squats 225 pounds July 2 as part of his workout at the 607th ACS gym. Young works out ten times a week to maintain fitness. Every Airman has a story to tell. However, not every Airman’s story involves them…

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

AF ball – Save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Finance office hours change The finance customer service office will…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Lloydon Balili 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry apprentice Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif. Years in service: Two Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in ophthalmic technician and bachelor’s in Christian ministry Inspirations: My mother and older sister always made me want to be better; they both work hard to…

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Air Force announces E-6 promotions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The promotion list for technical sergeant was released Air Force wide June 27. The following staff sergeants have been selected for promotion at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Christopher Huckins 56th Comptroller Squadron Magen Baker 56th Training Squadron Thomas Duggan, Ramon Escobedo and Jonie Escorpiso 56th Operations Support Squadron Angela Gonzalez, Christopher Moylan…

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ALS graduates 33 Airmen in class 13-5

Posted  July 12, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 32 senior airmen June 27 from Class 13-5. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Stephen Dobbins, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Michael Imler, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Riley Watson, 162nd LRS Commandant’s…

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DAVID OWSIANKA
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Luke member rescues girl, earns award

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Joseph Sana, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 911 dispatcher, pose for a photo June 25 at a ceremony where he received a lifesaving award for actions he took April 19 to save a young girl from a dog attack. The ceremony took place at Surprise City Hall. Joseph…

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Number of shoplifters increases in 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Upward trend of theft causes concern for base exchange officials Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles on shoplifting at Luke. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange caught 32 shoplifters in 2012. By comparison, this year, 34 people have already been caught as of Sunday trying to steal on base. The…

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