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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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Housing officials reward residents for best-kept yard

Posted  June 21, 2013

How would you like to win a $100 gift card simply for taking care of your lawn? Balfour Beatty Communities created the “Yard of the Month” program to recognize and inspire base housing residents to take pride in their homes and better their quality of life by improving their landscaping in the Luke Air Force…

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It pays to invest

Posted  June 21, 2013

Though it’s impossible for money to grow on trees, by investing and with time it can multiply.

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Squadrons swap expertise in exercise

Posted  June 21, 2013

Members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron conducted an exercise June 13 with members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight and 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

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Unit deployment manager now special duty position

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment; a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity. In the past, the UDM retained his or her Air Force specialty code, and even though UDMs were working outside of their specialty, the position…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 21, 2013

“The road to success is filled with many tempting parking places.” ~ Will Rogers Have you ever been late to a big event? Parking is impossible, but then you see it – the perfect parking spot. It may take a little finesse, but it shouldn’t be a problem with your driving skills. Something inside you…

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Yellowstone: Definite bucket list item

Posted  June 21, 2013

Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park created by an act of congress March 1, 1872. It sits on top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, which last erupted 640,000 years ago and was a thousand times larger than the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980.

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Street Beat – June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 7 to 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a report…

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First-seed Falcons take it on chin in championship loss

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Falcons dove onto the diamond Sunday against the Peoria Bushwhackers in the Surprise league baseball championship at the Surprise Sports Complex baseball field. The Bushwhackers defeated the Falcons 10-6.

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Student pilot survives lymphoma, continues dream

Posted  June 14, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Capt. Dakota Olsen, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, performs a preflight check during his training at Luke Air Force Base. What if your childhood dream job became a reality? Now imagine that dream coming to a screeching halt with the possibility of not just losing the dream, but your life as well….

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Courage! Do you have it?

Posted  June 14, 2013

What comes to mind when you think of the word courage? Most of us in the military automatically think about contingency operations and the actions of our brave men and women downrange. Those outside the military might say the same thing or they may speak of courage displayed by the actions of our brave police…

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