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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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Gunslinger shootout …

Posted  May 31, 2013

  Vern Brink, Phoenix Police Department downtown operations unit sergeant, reloads during the moving target portion of the police week shootout May 14 at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range. His team tied for sixth out of 13 teams.   Staff Sgt. Brady Craddock, 56th Security Forces Squadron combat…

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In Brief – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. June 10 at Club Five Six. Home-buying seminar The Luke Housing Management Office and Airman and Family Readiness Center is sponsoring a home-buying seminar for military members,…

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Street Beat – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 17 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 37 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lighting Gate. There were no injuries. May 22: Security forces responded to a report…

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Base practices response to bomb attacks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen and civilians conducted a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High-Yield Explosives exercise May 22.

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Sports Shorts – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Lady Thunderbolts fall short in semifinals, 41-40   Janai Nesby, civilian, shoots the ball in the semifinal basketball game against the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base basketball team during the Peach Classic Basketball Tournament May 19 at the Luke AFB Bryant Fitness Center gym. Nesby made the basket, her only 2 points of the game.  …

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X-47B launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted  May 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from…

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AETC furlough numbers announced

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Education and Training Command manpower officials announced furlough will affect 14,434 civilian employees throughout the command beginning July 8. May 14, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a furlough implementation plan, stating civilians will take up to 11 days of unpaid leave before Sept. 30, down from the 22 days that were originally estimated in…

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F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Force photo by MSgt. John Nimmo An F-35A Lightning II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing recently qualified in aerial refueling for the joint strike fighter. The 33rd FW is…

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News Briefs May 24, 2013

Posted  May 24, 2013

Unclaimed veterans’ remains laid to rest in California The unclaimed remains of 35 military veterans and two military wives have been given formal military burials in Northern California. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat says the remains, some left unclaimed for decades, were escorted by 120 motorcycles from Santa Rosa to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery…

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Mississippi submits proposal for drone test site

Posted  May 24, 2013

Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration May 6, according to a Mississippi Development Authority. State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well…

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