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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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MWD team takes training downrange

Posted  May 17, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and Chrach, 56th SFS military working dog, pose in front of a Polaris Ranger vehicle in Herat Province, Afghanistan, during a deployment with an Army Special Operations Task Force West unit. The MWD team received a Bronze Star Medal for actions during their…

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Salutes & Awards

56th CES changes command …

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, returns a salute to members of CES as he takes command during the change of command ceremony at the Civil Engineer compound at Luke Air Force Base May 9.

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Luke serves as stop for international tour

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Master Sgt. Michael Crawford, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight chief of fight medicine, gives out information to the attendees during the foreign student medical tour at Luke Air Force Base, May. 2. Aviation and occupational medicine students from the University of Otago, New Zealand, traveled to Phoenix to get a…

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CGOC hosts deployed spouses dinner

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Capt. Aaron Gershbock, 56th Fighter Wing judge advocate, serves food to the attendees during the Deployed Spouses Dinner at the Chapel Annex May 9. Families of service members that are deployed or those members who recently returned from a deployment were treated to dinner, massages, and a coloring area for…

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People First – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 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. Air Force…

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Pilot for a Day

Posted  May 17, 2013

The newest member of Team Luke left the base May 10 with a smile on his face. Steven “SteveO” Boyd, 15, visited Luke Air Force Base and became an honorary member of the 309th Fighter Squadron through the “Pilot For a Day” program.

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Take Aim

Posted  May 17, 2013

Marines from the Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, a reserve unit stationed at Luke Air Force Base, conducted weapons training May 4 at the Arizona Army National Guard’s Florence Military Reservation

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 3 through May 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and two nonmoving violations. Emergency responses May 3: Security forces assisted the Luke fire station evacuate individuals out of a house with an active fire alarm. The house was secured and later cleared for…

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Fly Over: ‘When in Doubt’, and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Posted  May 17, 2013

In bookstores: ‘When in Doubt’ My female hormones sometimes hijack my body. On one such occasion, I decided to read “When in Doubt, Add Butter” by Beth Harbison. The novel was like romantic crack, laden with optimism and romantic sweetness. It satisfied my hormones but left a bad taste in my soul, momentarily tricking me…

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56th SFS, local units host Police Week

Posted  May 17, 2013

Glendale special weapons and tactics (SWAT), Phoenix police department, Silent Witness, Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Luke Air Force Base K-9 units, and local Luke police set up their information booths May 13 at Luke Air Force Base all line up for the opening day of the nationwide Police Week event.   Senior Airman Brandon…

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