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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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Events

Fly Over: ‘Olympus has Fallen’, and the Ultra Music Festival

Posted  March 29, 2013

In theaters: ‘Olympus has Fallen’ A die-hard action movie There’s really not much to ask for from action movies. If they provide enough entertainment with action scenes and likable characters, I can forgive a few dumb moments here and there. Now this leniency can be pushed to the limit from time to time (looking at…

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Sports

A Chief Among Royals

Posted  March 29, 2013

  Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, encourages the Kansas City Royals minor league baseball players March 22 at Surprise Stadium. Staton told the players that resilience, confidence and the drive to go further come from the discipline to get the job done.   A member of the KCR coaching staff…

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Health & Safety

April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted  March 29, 2013

Saving children from abuse phone call away Americans are more aware than ever of the tragedy of child abuse. The national and local media carry daily reports of children who have been beaten, imprisoned, starved, burned or sexually and emotionally abused. Shopping carts, milk cartons, billboards, newspapers all carry the message that children should tell…

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Health & Safety

Nominations accepted for Portraits in Courage

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Now through May 1, nominations are being accepted and reviewed for Portraits in Courage, Vol. 8. “Portraits in Courage is a Chief of Staff initiative designed to tell Airmen’s stories of courage, valor, and heroism. Our Airmen do the impossible every day. These narratives embody our warrior ethos and personify the Air Force…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

White Tank hike The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a White Tank Mountains hike 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. For more information, call (623) 856-6241. Family camp out The spring family camp out at Fowler Park is April 12 and 13. Eat s’mores around a camp fire, sleep under the…

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Local

Luke reaches millionth hour milestone

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams The millionth F-16 Fighting Falcon flying training hour at Luke Air Force Base was reached March 13. F-16s first touched down at Luke AFB on Dec. 6, 1982. To date, Luke has graduated 18,164 F-16 fighter pilots. Approximately 2,000 F-16 hours are flown a month by Luke pilots and students….

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Salutes & Awards

56th Fighter Wing captures ‘Outstanding Unit’ award

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing has an illustrious history of accomplishments and awards, and another chapter was added to that history. The results for the Air Force Outstanding Unit were released Feb. 27 from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, and Luke Air Force Base’s 56th FW was awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the…

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Civic leader tour

Posted  March 22, 2013

Michael Wynne, former Secretary of the Air Force, and his wife, Barbara, are escorted by Chief Master Sgt. Reginald Franks, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight chief, on a tour of the hush houses March 15 during a visit to Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force Civic Leader program brings national leaders together to…

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Commentary

Micro to macro – What’s the smallest thing you care about?

Posted  March 22, 2013

What’s the smallest thing you care about in your job here at Luke Air Force Base? Many times in our work centers the “big things” have a way of prioritizing themselves, at least at first glance. Regardless of your work center, you know what the big things are. You are probably ticking them off in…

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Argument construction

Posted  March 22, 2013

One of the most vocal issues in American politics today is the gun control debate. This article does not seek to take sides in the debate, rather to temper the way in which Airmen choose to take part. Hopefully this will lead to more constructive debate tactics for this and future issues. What we write…

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