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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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AETC, 56th Fighter Wing announce awards

Posted  May 10, 2013

The following individual is a 2013 Air Education and Training Command award winner: Honor Guard: Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 56th Fighter Wing The following indivduals are 2013 first quarter award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Samantha Sarmiento, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Aaron Kain, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO:…

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310th FS Top Hats remember lost warrior

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raise their glasses in a toast to Lt. Col. Frank ”Bruiser” Bryant in front of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center April 26. Bryant was killed two years ago when an Afghan opened fire in a meeting at the Northern Kabul International Airport killing…

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When it comes to weather, don’t sweat it – be smart

Posted  May 10, 2013

It’s not called “The Valley of the Sun” for no reason. With a very mild winter, summers are hot in Arizona and can take a person by surprise. There are three types of heat conditions people need to be aware of so steps can be taken to avoid them. If not prepared to work or…

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BASH program keeps pilots, aircraft safe

Posted  May 10, 2013

In 2003 a Luke Air Force Base pilot was making an approach toward Gila Bend when a turkey vulture was sucked into the aircraft engine. The pilot ejected and survived, but unfortunately, the aircraft was lost. Incidents like this one prompted the creation of a program to keep pilots safe and save the Air Force…

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Tips reduce stress when moving out of dorm

Posted  May 10, 2013

Moving out of the dorm can be exciting for Airmen. It can give a sense of independence, but with newfound independence comes responsibility. “Like almost anything important in life, planning is key and can reduce stress when it’s time to move off base,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center…

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Swing batter-batter …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Denise Willhite Trentyn Brock, 4, son of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brock, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory journeyman, takes his turn swinging at a piñata that he and his Falcon classmates at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center decorated earlier in the week as an art project.

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Air Force News – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

Officials approve security user guides for mobile devices Pentagon officials recently approved the security technical implementation guides for BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, as well as Samsung’s Android Knox, for use on Defense Department networks. “This is a significant step toward establishing a multivendor environment that supports a…

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People First – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 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. MyPers website…

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Academic help just a click away

Posted  May 10, 2013

The pressure is on for students (and their parents) as the final weeks of school and everything that comes with them, including standardized tests, end-of-term papers and final exams. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring service that is free to children in military families. All Kindergarten-12 students in…

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A Night in the Life

Posted  May 10, 2013

Crew chiefs — unsung heroes of the flightline   A pair of 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen perform a preflight check April 18 here at Luke Air Force Base. The preflight checklist includes checking wing flaps, lights and radio.   Capt. Joe Walker, 309th FS assistant chief of weapons, prepares an F-16 for flight while…

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