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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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AETC military members must complete form for high-risk activity

Posted  July 3, 2013

When choosing to participate in off-duty high-risk activities, Air Force members are highly encouraged, and Air Education and Training Command members are required, to fill out paperwork notifying their supervisors. Air Force Instruction 91-202, U.S. Air Force Mishap Prevention Program, adopted changes in August 2011 encouraging supervisors Air Force-wide to establish a high-risk activities program, but…

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Centcom undertakes massive logistical drawdown

Posted  July 3, 2013

Two years ago, as commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was marching against a strict Dec. 31, 2011 deadline to complete the largest logistical drawdown since World War II.

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VA processes nearly all two-year-old disability claims

Posted  July 3, 2013

Moves to complete those older than one year The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims – or 97 percent of all claims over two years old…

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Father, son duo share deployment together

Posted  July 3, 2013

If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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Labor Department Website features women vets’ issues

Posted  July 3, 2013

Labor Department officials have launched a new website devoted to issues and challenges affecting women veterans. The site is a collaborative effort between the Labor Department and the Veterans’ Employment Training Service and the Women’s Bureau. The site highlights potential challenges that may affect the economic security of women veterans, including: • Disability: Women veterans…

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Reunions

Posted  July 3, 2013

Army Sec Agency (ASA) Korea 351st Comm Recon Co (1952-1953) Great Barrington, Mass. July 15-18 For more information, call George Fleck at (413) 528-9233 or email pennies11@verizon.net. 96th Inf OCS Co Class 64-67 (Fort Benning, Ga.) Colorado Springs, Colo. July 15-19 For more information, call Fred Beckman at (609) 894-9673 or email fbbeckman@comcast.net. C Trp…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 3, 2013

From concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot in the world's greatest Air Force

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Events for July 2013

Posted  July 3, 2013

July 7-12 – 19th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Cologne, Germany http://iaaweb.org/content/view/501/671/ July 7-12 – 8th Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, New York, N.Y. www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/insap-viii July 7-12 – ASA Annual Science Meeting 2013, Melbourne, Australia www.atnf.csiro.au/news/news.php?action=show_item&item_id=1156 July 7-13 – 20th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation/10th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Warsaw,…

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Luke holds stand-down day

Posted  June 28, 2013

Luke Air Force Base held a stand-down day on June 24 to focus on sexual assault prevention and the importance of treating fellow Airmen with dignity and respect. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a directive to each branch of service to use the stand-down to mitigate an ongoing trend of sexual misconduct across the Defense…

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Improving organizational trust perks results

Posted  June 28, 2013

Have you ever looked back at all the organizations you’ve been a part of and evaluated what makes an organization great? There is one characteristic that underlies every successful organization I have ever been a part of — trust. Organizational trust is a great characteristic for unit leadership and members to focus on improving in…

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