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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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Local Briefs: May 5, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

CES change of command Lt. Col. Chad Bondurant will relinquish command of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron to Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Bldg. 343. AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona…

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Packing for pilot safety …

Posted  May 3, 2013

Senior Airman Kyle Green, 56th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, shows Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, how to pack a drag chute April 26 at Luke Air Force Base. The drag chute is repacked every 30 days.     Green, 56th OSS, observes Staton, 56th FW, pack a…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 3, 2013

Airman 1st Class Joshua Bird 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office Paralegal, adverse actions Years in service: One Inspirations: Past great Americans, i.e. George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln Goals: Get a bachelor’s degree while on active duty Greatest feat: Joining the Air Force Self-description: Detail oriented, think outside the box, like difficult problems, team…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 3, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 19 through April 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 20 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in base housing. There were no injuries. April 24: Security forces responded to a report…

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Job fair coming Tuesday

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center and the Department of Economic Security Arizona Workforce Connection are hosting a job fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. The job fair is open to all active-duty, Reserve and Guard members, families, retirees or any other affiliated personnel with base…

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Nurses, most trusted professionals, make contribution at Luke

Posted  May 3, 2013

National Nurses Week The 56th Medical Group is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Week Monday through May 10. This year’s theme is “Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care.” The purpose of the week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  May 3, 2013

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams One reason the old adage, “actions speak louder than words,” remains in circulation is because it proves true. Words can motivate or inspire, but it is usually words combined with actions of…

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UDMs to ready warfighters

Posted  May 3, 2013

The additional duty of a unit deployment manager includes a variety of responsibilities. They can range from ensuring personnel and resources are prepared to deploy to acting as liaison between higher authority and deploying members. Being responsible for a successful deployment for more than 100 members can be stressful and rewarding at the same time,…

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Air Force News – May 5, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

AF uses innovative tactics to tackle sexual assault issue As part of an innovative initiative to reduce sexual assault across the Air Force, Minot Air Force Base has partnered with the Gracie Academy to certify 100 men and women of the U.S. Air Force in the Gracie Women Empowered program, April 15 to 19. In…

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People First – May 5, 2013

Posted  May 3, 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. Sr. DOD…

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