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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Aaron Munoz-Case 56th Medical Support Squadron Arizona Refill Center pharmacy supervisor Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a degree in nutrition and working toward a Community College of the Air Force degree in pharmacy technology at Estrella Mountain Community College Inspirations: My father is the hardest working man I know,…

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News Briefs January 17, 2013

Posted  January 17, 2014

56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Communications Airmen key to mission success

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Anthony Navarra, 56th Communications Squadron network infrastructure technician, connects an optic light to an optical fiber cable Jan. 8 at the Network Operations Center on Luke Air Force Base. The infrastructure section maintains and manages the various lines of communication for Luke, making it possible to correspond via…

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Airmen held to higher standard

Posted  January 17, 2014

No matter where you go or what you do you will see standards set for your performance. These standards vary from place to place or job to job. As you may already know, military personnel are held to a higher standard than those outside the military. The Air Force standards range from something as simple…

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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted  January 17, 2014

It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain and not promising. But…

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Luke pilot selected to fly F-35

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Joshua Arki, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and chief of weapons and tactics, is welcomed back Dec. 31, 2013, after his final flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Arki was selected as the first Luke F-16 pilot to transition to the F-35 Lightning…

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Stardusters birth Thunderbirds …

Posted  January 17, 2014

The F-84F Thunderstreak is one of the aircraft that sits in the Luke Air Base Air Park. F-84s were the main type of trainers at Luke from 1951 to 1957. In 1953, the newly formed U.S. Air Force Stardusters Aerial Demonstration Team, later called the Thunderbirds, converted to the F-84G and flew at Luke until…

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Sports Shorts – January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

Petty Officer 2nd Class Oscar Alvarez , Naval Operation Support Center Guam military police, returns an interception against the 607th Air Control Squadron Jan. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The Navy team defeated the 607th ACS by a score of 26-0. NOSC Guam pulls flag on ACS Story and photo by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA, 56th…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  January 24, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 7 through Jan. 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles in the parking lot west of Bldg. 985. There were no injuries….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 24, 2014

Imminent danger pay will discontinue in several areas starting June 1. The land and airspace of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro will no longer be designated. The land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will also no longer be designated. The following sea…

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