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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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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 11, 2014

Courtesy photo Cicero “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Cicero The thirst for knowledge was incredible during the days of the Roman Empire. In that day and time, even for the commoner, acquiring books was nearly on par with buying clothing. Today, a lack of knowledge can often lead…

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Justice Report

Posted  April 11, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for March: 56th Mission Support Group Articles 15 • A technical sergeant received an Article 15 for driving while drunk. The member received a reduction in rank to staff sergeant, suspended forfeiture of $1,538 pay per month for two months and…

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56th MDG keeps force healthy

Posted  April 11, 2014

Airman 1st Class Brandi Sullivan, 56th Medical Support Squadron diagnostic imaging technician, positions Senior Airman Eric Gist, 56th MDSS diagnostic imaging tech, for an X-ray checking for a sprain in his left shoulder at Luke Air Force Base.   Staff Sgts. Maddie Baker and Breeann Frost, 56th Dental Squadron dental laboratory technicians, make adjustments on…

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“Walk a Mile in Their Shoes”

Posted  April 11, 2014

Take a stand against sexual assault by signing up for the “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” competition at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office in Bldg. 1150. Decorate a cut-out tennis shoe, track your steps with a SAPRO pedometer, and report weekly totals to the SAPRO office. Total steps will be posted on…

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SAAM to raise awareness, respect, change culture

Posted  April 11, 2014

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response mission is to ensure that all victims of sexual assault receive the care and support they require and to use education and intervention as a primary means of achieving an environment free of sexual assault. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the 56th Fighter Wing…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 11, 2014

Retirees, did you know that the Defense Financial and Accounting Service is the primary payroll office for military retired pay and annuity accounts? The 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Customer Service section can assist in the transition from active-duty to retired status and make determinations for some entitlement programs. However, once retired, DFAS becomes the primary…

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People First – April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 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. AF updates…

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Air Force News – April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 2014

Colorado Even when the Air Force was established as an independent service in 1947, many were skeptical of the value of an Air Force academy. To the officers and civilians charged with establishing guidelines for an air academy, it was clearly needed. Sixty years ago on April 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation establishing…

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Luke volunteers make difference

Posted  April 11, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Steven participates in a relay race April 4 with team members from Sky View Elementary School during the Special Olympics event held at La Joya High School in Avondale. Special needs children from across the valley participated in track and field events at several high schools. The sun shined brightly over La…

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Thunderbolts take on Viking Challenge

Posted  April 11, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Senior Master Sgt. Leroy Ridgel, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron acting chief, runs with the American flag April 4 during the Viking Challenge at Luke Air Force Base. Part of Team America, Ridgel, along with nine others of his team, completed the 10-hour long relay marathon to raise money for the Enlisted Scholarship…

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