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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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EMS assumption of command

Posted  March 22, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Kathryn Roman, March 19 as she assumes command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Hanger 485 on Luke Air Force Base.

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AFAF reaches for 2013 goal

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off Monday at Luke Air Force Base and continues through May 3. The Air Force-wide campaign raises funds to benefit Airmen and their families, including active-duty members, retirees, reservists, guardsmen and surviving spouses. Last year, Luke members contributed $90,000 exceeding the goal by $20,000. This year’s goal is $68,513, but…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Annual Auction Night dinner is April 11. Social hour is 5 p.m., dinner is 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at Club Five Six. All funds raised in the silent auction, live auction and raffle go to the scholarship fund…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Brendon Garwood 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Intermediate Station Team Member Hometown: Dupo, Ill. Years in service: One Goals: To finish my career development courses, capture below-the-zone and test for staff sergeant as soon after as possible; ultimately to become a chief Greatest feat: Graduating basic training and tech school Self-description: I’m…

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Airmen share community spirit with students

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Staff Sgt. Michael Banks, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting officer, assists kindergartners with donning deployment gear March 8 at Littleton Elementary School in Avondale. Banks was one of many volunteers to visit the children during the school’s community day. Airmen from Luke Air Force Base participated March 8 in the Littleton…

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Abuse, disposal of prescription drugs big problems

Posted  March 22, 2013

Abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and unfortunately, this trend is reflected in the military including the Air Force. To combat this problem, the Defense Department has expanded drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs. This increased testing has been underway since May 1,…

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Protect first line of defense

Posted  March 22, 2013

The body’s immune system is the first line of defense against harmful bacteria, viruses and infections. Some well-known methods of keeping the immune system strong include maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and getting plenty of sleep. Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group registered nurse, said there are also plenty of ways the immune system can…

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IDS helps Airmen through tough issues

Posted  March 22, 2013

There’s a network of agencies working to help Luke Airmen with issues ranging from predeployment jitters to balancing a checkbook. They are not shrouded in mystery, but the Integrated Delivery System, a group of agencies working in concert, is not quite a household term. “IDS is a collaboration of helping agencies coming together and asking,…

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Air Force News – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Edwards Airmen begin F-35 operational testing EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The F-35 Lightning II program entered a new phase of testing with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft March 6. Team members from the 53rd Wing’s 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, a tenant unit at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,…

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People First – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

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. Plan early…

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