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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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What leadership means to me

Posted  April 12, 2013

A good leader in our Air Force profession of arms is one who strives to live, uphold and emulate our core values – integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. These are not just words a leader spits out without first understanding their meaning. These are not just words one casually…

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AF core values: Our guiding light

Posted  April 12, 2013

When someone mentions the Air Force core values, often I hear the phrase “doing the right thing when no one is around.” But that is only one of our values. There are two others that get lost in the shadow of integrity first. Service before self and excellence in all we do are often forgotten;…

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Airmen fight hunger through ‘Food for Kidz’

Posted  April 12, 2013

photo by Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Luke Air Force Base volunteers worked Saturday to package meals to send to Afghanistan to feed hungry children. The food is provided by Food for Kidz and the packages are a mixture of rice, soy flour, dehydrated vegetables, vegan protein powder and spices which are sealed in industrial-grade plastic…

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. 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…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Vanessa Dickerson 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Slaton, Texas Years in service: Seven Family: Husband, Steven Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree in intelligence studies; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Maryland University College Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Kunsan Air Base,…

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Running for Airmen

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Members of Luke Air Force Base begin the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Bryant Fitness Center track. The 3rd Annual Viking Challenge is a 10-hour 10-person running relay event hosted by the Logistics Officers Association to raise money for the LOA Airman’s Education Scholarship fund.

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FWSAs announce quarterly awards

Posted  April 12, 2013

The following individuals are first quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Grace Lee, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCO: Staff Sgt. Magen Baker, 56th Comptroller Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Pulsipher, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Candice Dillitte, 56th FWPA Civilian (Category I): Beverly Dennie, 56th FW Staff Judge Advocate Civilian…

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Air Force News – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Sexual assault awareness ‘begins at top’ To combat and put an end to sexual assault in the military, the Defense Department has designed programs to boost victim medical care, increase assault reporting and hold offenders accountable for their crimes, the director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said April 5. Responding to questions…

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Waste water treatment plant one of Luke’s dirtiest jobs

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch Waste water flows out of a treatment pond at the Luke Air Force Base waste water treatment facility. One of the dirtiest jobs at Luke Air Force Base isn’t even on the base itself. The off-base waste water treatment plant is operated by a team of three civilians and five…

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One-on-one with Washington

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefs recently elected U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake April 4 on the mission at Luke Air Force Base. The senator was also escorted on a base tour. This was his first base visit since being elected in November.

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