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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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T-bolt Lanes celebrate Airmen on final day

Posted  February 14, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Airman Jack Taylor, 56th Mission Support Group knowledge operations manager, bowls for a spare Feb. 7 at Thunderbolt Lanes on Luke Air Force Base. The bowling center had an appreciation day for dedicated customers where bowling and food were free. The Thunderbolt Lanes closed Feb. 7 with a final celebration of…

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61st AMU gets new digs

Posted  February 14, 2014

Photo bySenior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will be the first at Luke Air Force Base to house the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The first F-35 is scheduled to land soon at Luke. Luke Air Force Base has long been known as fighter country. In addition to the F-16s that…

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Sports Shorts – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Jonathan Juarez-Chavez, 56th Equipment Squadron cornerback, runs an intercepted catch back up the field Feb. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Despite a fierce defense, EMS lost the game to the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 19-13. CES whomps EMS 19-13 in football action Story and photo by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Since…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 21, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 1550. There were no injuries. Feb. 13: Security forces…

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Fly Over: ‘The Lady Vanishes’, and the new XBox

Posted  February 21, 2014

On DVD: ‘The Lady Vanishes’ Recently, 100 classic horror/thriller movies fell into my possession (belated Merry Christmas gifts), and among said collection are quite a few created by Sir Alfred Hitchcock, a filmmaker that left a pretty big mark on the history of cinema. So naturally, of these 100 films I’ve watched so far, the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 21, 2014

Courtesy photo Quincy Jones “Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.” ~ Quincy Jones How do you define greatness? Is it your job title, the rank on your collar or sleeve, your achievements, by winning an Olympic medal? In the military, we are…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 21, 2014

“Military Saves Week is Feb. 24 through March 1. Your financial fitness and personal readiness are critical aspects toward overall health and satisfaction. Learning good financial habits early in life strengthens the ability to capture opportunities in the future, such as financial freedom and security. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans say they have a…

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Marines train, become MCMAP instructors

Posted  February 21, 2014

Marines from across the country joined forces at Luke Air Force Base to complete a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor course. The course began Feb. 3 and concluded Feb. 15 with 27 new MCMAP instructors.

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Quitting smoking only way to go

Posted  February 21, 2014

Every morning started the same way. After coughing up phlegm from smoking the day prior, I’d brush my teeth, do my hair, put on my uniform and have a cigarette. And every time I did this, I’d ask myself why I did this and what was so wonderful about it. It wasn’t that it tasted…

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Tooth decay common disease in children

Posted  February 21, 2014

At some point, most parents will experience having to say one of these common phrases to their children: “Don’t eat that; it’ll rot your teeth” or “You better eat that because it’s good for you.”

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