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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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MDG goes all out at bash

Posted  April 26, 2013

Guy McAdams, 56th Medical Group, starts a water fight April 19 during the 2013 MDG Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base Fowler Park. The event featured activities including a kickball tournament.   Justin Harris, civilian, and Senior Airman Cortney Davis, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, lift a tire during the warrior-fit event at the mash…

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Fly Over: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’, and Saigon Kitchen

Posted  April 26, 2013

For Xbox 360 and Playstation 3: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ NetherRealm is still in the game I am a huge fan of fighting games, particularly the “Mortal Kombat” series. This was a little difficult for me during the latter part of the Midway publishing era, when the “MK” designers were rushed into releasing mediocre installments….

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Girl scouts get ‘dog show’

Posted  April 26, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Lopez, center, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, talks to girl scouts about the kennel facility and his experience working with the MWDs April 16 when the girls visited Luke Air Force Base. The girl scouts delivered 300 cases, about 2,600 boxes, of cookies in support of Operation Thunderbox, a…

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Learned behavior must match Air Force standards

Posted  April 26, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Sexual assault and harassment are rightfully in the forefront of Defense Department and Air Force leadership concerns. Leaders speak continually about the damages sexual assault and harassment inflict upon Airmen, the unit and the mission. Their command emphasis helps highlight a problem endemic in our ranks. At the end of the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 26, 2013

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your task.” ~ Phillips Brooks Where do you set “the bar” for yourself in life? Do you put your standards and goals within easy reach? Or do you put them just…

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Sports Shorts – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Golfers get primer on basics Ed Wieczkiewicz, lead golf instructor, coaches Hee Lee, 56th Fighter Wing legal office, the proper way to hold a golf club during the Link Up 2 Golf event.   Participants take turns hitting golf balls during the Link Up 2 Golf event April 16 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course…

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Luke 1 gives feedback, guidance

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, discusses issues such as sequestration and the F-35 bed down, and gave Luke Air Force Base members a state-of-the-wing feedback during a commander’s call April 12 at the Luke AFB Bryant Fitness Center gym. After six months of command, Brig. Gen. Mike…

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We can learn from history

Posted  April 19, 2013

The philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This quote is more popularly credited to Sir Winston Churchill, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” The point isn’t so much who said what as much as the…

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Change management never easy

Posted  April 19, 2013

Implementing change in an organization is never easy. More often than not, change fails on more than one level of an organization for many reasons. Maybe it’s lack of buy-in from those affected or a poor strategy from the start. Whatever the reason, change management is quite simple in theory, but in reality, it is…

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Make paycheck go further

Posted  April 19, 2013

There’s an old business adage, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you spend.” Airmen of any rank can make their paychecks go further with a few money saving tricks. “Being frugal is about making a conscious effort to stretch your hard-earned dollars,” said Sandra Gray, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Family and Readiness Center…

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