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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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In Brief – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

756th AMXS COC Lt. Col. James Upchurch will relinquish command of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Lt. Col. Dominick Martin in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday in Hangar 913. Clothing Drive The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel is hosting a clothing drive through Wednesday to help provide Veteran’s clothes suitable for business casual…

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Thunderbolts make mad dash for Boston relief

Posted  May 17, 2013

Approximately 120 Luke Thunderbolts ran, walked and cheered during a charity run May 10 at the base track to raise funds for victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Sports Shorts – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

Angela White, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, hits the ball over the net during the first game of the 3-on-3 sand volleyball championship game May 9 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center sand volleyball court. MOS scored a point on the play. The 56th Security Forces Squadron team won the game 25-16. Volleyball championship by Airman…

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MWDs, handlers train for deployment

Posted  May 16, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Senior Airman Justin Lopez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his dog Oscar, 56th SFS MWD, perform a tactical obedience maneuver at the kennels Dec. 14 on Luke Air Force Base. Lopez and Oscar practice this maneuver as a form of providing cover for the dog during…

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Shaking a tail feather …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the Filipino American association of Arizona show children how to perform “Gangnam Style” during the Funtastic Friday May 3 at the Luke Air Force Base youth center. The association was the special guest for the event held to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

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Police Week recognizes law enforcers

Posted  May 10, 2013

National Police Week, Monday through May 17, is a celebration and remembrance of law enforcement officials and agencies throughout our great nation. Every year police departments and law enforcement agencies come together to honor and remember those who have served our communities and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The week is a simple “thank…

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CONS: Who we are, what we do

Posted  May 10, 2013

When people ask me what my job is in the Air Force, I tell them contracting. The typical response is, “You’re a contractor?” Then, I have to explain that I am not a contractor but actually an active-duty Air Force officer who has been given the authority to spend taxpayer dollars in order to keep…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted  May 10, 2013

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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News Briefs: May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

756th AMXS COC Lt. Col. James Upchurch will relinquish command of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Lt. Col. Dominick Martin in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. May 23 in Hangar 913. LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will host a Murder Mystery Luau at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt. Zachary Milne Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical aircraft maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Rochester, N.Y. Years in service: Seven years Education: Community College of the Air Force aviation maintenance and instructor of technical military science Previous assignments: Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My family supports me…

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