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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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Health & Safety

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  April 5, 2013

12 main reasons incidents go unreported: Didn’t know how to report Feared retaliation or that the incident would happen again Did not trust the reporting process Concern over protecting identity Did not want to cause trouble in the unit Fear of being treated badly if reported (44 percent female – 31 percent male responses) Didn’t…

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San Diego: Five hours to sun fun

Posted  April 5, 2013

About five hours from Luke Air Force Base is one of the most visited places on the West Coast. San Diego, if done right, can be an experience to remember.

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Sports

Sports Shorts – March 29, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Alex Balok, 56th Medical Group, steps on third base as Dustin Barnes, 56th Security Forces Squadron, slides during the fifth inning of an intramural softball game played Oct. 10 2012, at a Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The umpire called Barnes safe. Commander’s cup up for grabs Photo and story by Airman…

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Education center offers college funding options

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force has had to make difficult choices to preserve readiness, and as a result, Air Force leadership suspended tuition assistance. However, Airmen have many options to help pay for education. Air Force base education centers, staffed with professional, well-trained counselors and advisors, are ready to assist Airmen. “We have the latest information on…

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Commentary

Making challenges into opportunities, hard work

Posted  March 29, 2013

We all ask, “What’s the secret to success?” I wish I knew the answer, although my standard reply is “hard work.” Hard work may sound simplistic, but trust me, it stems from a lifetime of trying harder. You see, I have attention deficit disorder. This article is not about ADD, rather how I overcame my…

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Legal helps Airmen, brings justice

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Airmen who work in the staff judge advocate office do more than handle powers of attorneys and wills; they are involved in assisting commanders with disciplinary actions and help prosecute those who break the law to bring justice to the victims.

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News Briefs March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Staff Sgt. Matthew L. Dennison is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims for or against the estate should call 2nd…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Senior Airman Leonila Celestino 607th Air Control Squadron Command support staff Hometown: Oak Harbor, Wash. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in information management from Rio Salado Community College Previous assignments: Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing is free and…

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Werewolf hits 3,000 hours in F-16

Posted  March 29, 2013

Reaching 3,000 F-16 flying hours is a milestone few pilots reach in their entire career. On the first day of spring, the list of pilots who have reached that milestone added one more name.

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Steps for ‘Mustang’ no easy ride

Posted  March 29, 2013

In the military, Mustang is a term used for someone who is commissioned after being enlisted. It’s not a walk in the park for enlisted Airmen to earn a commission. In fact, there are various steps needed to be taken prior to applying to a commissioning program. One of the first steps is to attend…

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