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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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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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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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People First – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Synthetic marijuana…

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Air Force News – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Luke fighter pilot gets hero’s burial ARLINGTON, Va. — Maj. Troy Gilbert’s former wife and their five children placed roses behind a small box beside his grave. Ginger Gilbert Ravella then knelt down, kissed her finger and placed it gently on the box after the Dec. 11 ceremony that partially fulfilled the family’s quest to…

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SFS trains MDG on responding to active shooters

Posted  December 20, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Staff Sgt. Daniel Lennon, 56th Security Forces Squadron unit scheduler, speaks to 56th Medical Group members about active-shooter scenarios Dec. 9 during active-shooter awareness training. The 56th Security Forces Squadron held active-shooter awareness training for 56th Medical Group Airmen Dec. 9 in the 56th MDG assembly room as it has been doing…

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Spikes produce 7 fighter pilots for CAF

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy Photo The 62nd Fighter Squadron, class 13-DBC, graduates seven pilots today to the combat Air Force. They are, from left, 1st Lts. Adam Crow, Sean Foote and Steven Fox; Capt. Ryan Wade; 1st Lts. Jason Bright and Tyler Hill; and Capt. Matthew Zenishek. Seven of America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the…

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ALS graduates 38 in Class 14-1

Posted  December 20, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 37 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 12 from Class 14-1: The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: John Dunlap, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Robin Hansen, 56th Dental Squadron; Corey Ingraham, 56th Operations Support Squadron;…

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756th AMXS handed over

Posted  December 20, 2013

Lt. Col. Dominick Martin, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, passes the guidon to Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, Dec. 11 during the 756th AMXS relinquishment of command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 20, 2013

Senior Airman Rodney Yolangco 56th Operations Support Squadron 56th Fighter Wing protocol specialist Hometown: San Diego Years in service: Three Family: 1st Lt. Samantha Yolangco, spouse Education: Bachelor of Science in biology, preprofessional, University of Nevada Las Vegas Inspirations: My parents Goals: To get accepted to the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program Greatest feat: Convincing my…

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News Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Thunderbolt hiatus The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 27 or Jan. 3, 2014. Look for the 2013 Year in Review Special Edition Jan. 10. The first regular edition of the Thunderbolt is Jan. 17, 2014. For more information, call 623-856-5998. AAFES holiday hours Hours for concessionaires and kiosk vendors are 10 a.m. to 3…

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Air Force skydiving team in town

Posted  December 20, 2013

Look in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Wings of Blue! The Wings of Blue skydiving demonstration team is scheduled to arrive in the Phoenix area Dec. 27 where they will be visiting various areas to do practice jumps, perform and give back to the community. The primary mission of the…

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Just looking …

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Steve Gillette, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 commander, explains the capabilities of the F-35B Lighting II joint strike fighter to Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Singapore minister of defense, Dec. 10 at Luke Air Force Base. Ng’s visit also coincided with Forging Sabre, a Singapore armed forces exercise. The jet came…

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