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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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Luke campout …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Luke Air Force Base families roast marshmallows during a family campout April 12. The campout featured fire pits, volleyball, Frisbee, a bounce house and movies. Children make sugar tubes during a craft session at the campout. Dinner, treats and a pancake breakfast were free to participants. Luke Air…

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Don’t get caught in a ‘bind’

Posted  April 19, 2013

There are only a few individuals on base who have been authorized to bind the government in a contract with an outside entity. Those members are also bound to the extent of their appointment limitations. A commitment made to obligate the government by any employee other than a contracting officer or purchase cardholder is an…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 19, 2013

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” ~ Vaclav Havel How do you define hope? More importantly, where do you find hope? Hope is much more than just desiring a good outcome to an event. Psalm 33:20 teaches…

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News Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. April 26 in Hangar 408. Adult craft group Create candy topiaries using Dum-Dum Pops at the adult craft group at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Luke Air Force Base Library….

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Fly Over: Scary Movie V’, and Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

Posted  April 19, 2013

In theaters: ‘Scary Movie V’ In desperate need of Ritalin Let me just start by saying every spoof movie that will ever come out again has already lost an approximate 40-percent chance of not being any good since the death of Leslie Nielson. However, I always have my fingers crossed for the next hilarious parody…

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CGOs immerse with SFS

Posted  April 19, 2013

Several officers from the 56th Mission Support Group received an in-depth look at how the 56th Security Forces Squadron fits into the Luke Air Force Base mission during a squadron immersion April 12.

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Street Beat – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 29 through April 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 9: Security forces assisted with a major vehicle accident off base at Litchfield Road and Camelback Road. April 10: Security forces responded to a report of a…

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Sports Shorts – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, lays up the ball during the first intramural basketball championship game April 10 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Paul scored 22 points in the game. LRS captures crown by defeating FSS 2 out of 3 by Airmen 1st Class DAVID…

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Days of Remembrance

Posted  April 12, 2013

Identification cards with information on one of the many victims in the holocaust sat on a table as people entered the Days of Remembrance exhibit Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Chapel. The exhibit featured displays describing what happened not only during World War II but even more recent genocides such as Cambodia. For…

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month under way

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, signs the Sexual Assault Awareness Month ribbon during an opening ceremony in Flag Park April 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The theme for this year’s awareness month is “We own it. We’ll solve it … Together.” The commander encouraged supervisors and leaders…

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