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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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Fire training lights up night

Posted  May 3, 2013

Firefighters with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron enter the “immediately dangerous to life and health zone” and begin putting out ground fires as the exterior safety officer looks on during the training.   Senior Airman Sandra Welch Firefighters with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron drive a P-19 Stryker fire truck to use large quantities of…

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Drive hammered, get nailed – twice for military

Posted  May 3, 2013

Making the choice to drink and drive can negatively affect not only possible victims but also a career, family and future endeavors. For the military member, there is another layer of woes to consider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related crash every 33 minutes. In…

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Fly Over: ‘Breaking Bad’, and ‘Hounded’ The Iron Druid Chronicles

Posted  May 3, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Breaking Bad’ Personally, I’m not the type to watch a television drama series unless it’s Korean drama, but since “Breaking Bad” was on the Netflix “top watched list,” I decided to give it a chance. The show begins with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an over-qualified high school chemistry teacher, working a second job…

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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‘Zoo’ comes to CDC

Posted  May 3, 2013

Brittney Powers, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium education specialist, displays a blue-tongued skink. Other animals that visited the CDC included the African pygmy hedgehog, ball python, African spurred tortoise and more. The African spurred tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. Adults are usually 36-inches long and can weigh 200 pounds….

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Sports Shorts – May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

CES gets groove on Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the 56th CES begin a 2 ½-mile run across base. The route was from the gym to the CES compound and back.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron performs stretches prior to a physical training session Tuesday in the Luke Air Force…

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Volunteering for Pat’s run …

Posted  April 26, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. Steven Pleasants, 56th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, and Capt. Tony Short, 56th SFS operations officer, salute during the national anthem Saturday before the 9th Annual Pat’s Run outside the Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event…

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Base housing not just roof over head

Posted  April 26, 2013

Everyone needs a place to live. Military members have the option of living in the local community or living in base housing. Those who choose to live on Luke Air Force Base become acquainted with Balfour Beatty Communities. Almost 17 years ago Congress established the Military Housing Privatization Initiative as a tool to help the…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 26, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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First sergeant nothing to fear; here to help

Posted  April 26, 2013

This goes out to everyone in the 56th Fighter Wing, “Do not be afraid of your first sergeant.” We are not the people some may portray us to be. I have heard many times during my six years as a shirt that the only people in the shirt’s office are getting in trouble. That is…

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