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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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Top Hats graduate 14 into combat air force

Posted  March 28, 2014

Basic F-16 Course Class 13-FBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat-ready F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. They graduated on March 21 and will continue the legacy of 310th FS-trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war or operation from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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Luke Experience: the show must go on

Posted  March 28, 2014

The movie theater on Luke Air Force Base has not hosted a movie in more than seven years. But that doesn’t mean the theater has nothing to offer the base. Its hallowed stage is still in use, even if the screen isn’t.

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Pulling parts: ‘Gravediggers’ keep maintainers supplied with aircraft parts

Posted  March 28, 2014

Mark Antoniotti is a “gravedigger,” but he doesn’t work at a typical cemetery. Instead of rows of tombstones and mausoleums, his graveyard contains the remains of mechanical beasts and metal relics column after column.

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People First – March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. March: Natl….

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Exchange rewards students with ‘You Made the Grade’ program

Posted  March 28, 2014

Military students can turn good grades into rewards with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade program. From first-graders to high school seniors, pupils who maintain a B average or higher are eligible for the program that recognizes academic excellence. The You Made the Grade program rewards military students with a…

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Air Force News – March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Hawaii Air Force flight attendants from the 65th Airlift Squadron teamed with their Army counterparts March 19 to serve up a Joint Service Flight Culinary Training Meal so delicious it received a standing ovation. The 65th AS Airmen joined Soldiers from the U.S. Army Priority Air Detachment in the kitchen to create a seven-course gourmet…

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Health & Safety

PT challenge: EOD style

Posted  March 28, 2014

JASON COLBERT Capt. Edmund Spivak and Staff Sgt. Joe Hernandez, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal members, pull an up-armored Humvee, one of the featured events May 2 in the Warrior PT Challenge. In the movie “The Hurt Locker,” actor Jeremy Renner gave the audience a fanciful rendition of what it was to be…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  March 28, 2014

Maintenance professionals of 2013 The following individuals received 2013 Maintenance Professional of the Year awards: Crew chief: Staff Sgt. Paul Heiss, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Support professionals Airman: Senior Airman Charles Cerdena, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Danny Smith, 56th Maintenance Group Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Paul Siracusa, 56th EMS Civilian: Rickey Radford,…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 28, 2014

Staff Sgt. Andrew Hannah Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical Aircraft Maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in aviation maintenance and technical military science instructor Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My wife who earned a bachelor’s degree…

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News Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler, 310th Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner in a ceremony at 8:31 a.m. April 18 in Hangar 913. LOSC social The Luke Officers Spouses Club is featuring the annual bingo social at 11 a.m. April 15 at Club Five Six. The cost of…

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