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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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Sports Shorts – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Matthew Corcoran, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist instructor, coaches participants during the last five minutes of their warrior fitness routine Nov. 22 at the Warrior Fitness Center. Warrior fitness includes gymnastics, weightlifting and endurance, with variations of those exercises. Variety, challenge key to warrior fitness Photo and story by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. If…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 6, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 17 through Sunday: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 24 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 18: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving three privately owned vehicles in the Bldg. 1130 parking lot. There were no injuries….

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Justice Report

Posted  December 6, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in October: 56th Operations Group Articles 15 • An airman first class received an Article 15 for being incapacitated for duty and driving under the influence of alcohol. The member received a reduction to E-2, forfeiture of $849 pay,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 6, 2013

How will this affect my life, and others? ~Alfred Montapert A Carolina mountaineer said to a young man, “See here, you been a-courtin’ my daughter for goin’ on four years. You got to tell me about your intentions. Be they honorable or dishonorable?” The young man’s face brightened and he asked hopefully, “You mean I…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 6, 2013

Smartphone users beware! Using a third party App to access your Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account can compromise your access information potentially leading to a theft of funds. There are no Apps sanctioned by the Defense Department or DFAS. Apps that claim to allow access to military or other government sites should only…

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EOR team: Taking care of business first, last

Posted  December 6, 2013

“First and last line of defense” may sound like a line from a movie, but it’s a no-nonsense way of doing business for a small band of crew chiefs on the Luke Air Force Base flightline.

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Fly Over: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’, and ‘Oldboy’

Posted  December 6, 2013

In stores: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’ While “Call of Duty” often gets scolded for its rinse-and-repeat gameplay, I’ve always defended the series and given previous games a thumbs-up for enhancing the gameplay. Whether it’s the storytelling of “Modern Warfare” or the effort to change the COD formula with “Black Ops,” the popular series always…

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Luke tax center seeks volunteers for 2014 tax season

Posted  December 6, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base tax center opens its doors to file returns for the entire Luke community beginning Jan. 27, 2014. Last tax season, the tax center assisted more than 1,500 clients file federal and state returns, saving the Luke community more than $316,000. To offer this great service again, the tax center requires…

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Exam keeps eye on enamel

Posted  December 6, 2013

Airmen are informed they have a dental appointment once a year. Some show up to this appointment not knowing what to expect. Well, it’s time to shed some light on Airmen’s annual dental appointments. Before poking around mouths, there are a few things the dental squadron needs to know. This is where the medical history…

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CES tests cadets leadership skills

Posted  December 6, 2013

Cadets attempt to lift a log during the exercise obstacle course. Obstacles put cadets in various situations to test decision making and Airman leadership skills.   Blindfolded cadets navigated concrete barriers with the help of their wingmen.   Arizona State University ROTC Cadets attempt to drag a humvee Nov. 22 during the 56th Civil Engineer…

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