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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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Luke’s History – EXTREME weather …

Posted  March 15, 2013

Intense storms caused the Dysart Drainage Canal north of base to overflow Oct. 20, 1992, which resulted in more than $3 million in damages to base housing. The base flooded because of land subsiding 17 feet due to long-term pumping of ground water used by the base and local farmers.   Heavy rains flooded Luke…

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Sports Shorts – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Get the ball Courtesy of Jet Journal, May 12, 1972 Air Force Academy soccer player Steve Hansel goes after the ball against a Colorado College player in a recent Academy victory. The Academy team meets the German student pilots of Luke at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Alhambra High School field. The game is for the…

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NASCAR visits Luke

Posted  March 8, 2013

photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH FROM LEFT: Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sign NASCAR memorabilia Feb. 28 during a visit to the base. The two drivers signed autographs, posed for photos and talked with service members during a meet and greet arranged by the USO. Two NASCAR drivers visited Luke Air Force Base Feb….

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Trio of Luke aviators to become test pilots

Posted  March 8, 2013

The history of aviation is full of legendary pilots, which include test pilots such as Chuck Yeager and some of the men chosen to be part of the Mercury program in the early days of the space program. Luke Air Force Base has three pilots who will take to the skies and test a variety…

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Small gestures … big dividends

Posted  March 8, 2013

Analog leaders in a digital world Promotions, retirements, rendering a salute, giving a firm handshake; how about saying “Hello” as you pass people in your work environment or when you’re out in the community? Even a smile or nod of acknowledgement would be a great start. What about supporting squadron and base intramural teams and…

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Retiring chief shares parting thoughts

Posted  March 8, 2013

I will retire from the United States Air Force after 30 years and 26 days of active-duty service at 12:30 p.m. March 15 in the 425th hangar. Preparing for this event has brought to mind many thoughts of reflection and pride. Serving as an Airman in all enlisted ranks and serving the interests of our…

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Take command of personal healthcare

Posted  March 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Jenn, fill out MiCARE registration forms at the 56th Medical Group building on Luke Air Force Base. MiCARE allows users and health care providers to communicate about nonemergency care through secure means via email. MiCARE secure email messaging is an…

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Local Briefs March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

LOSC raffle The Luke Officers Spouses Club will be hosting a Bunny Basket Raffle at 11 a.m. March 19 at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, email lukeOSCReservations@gmail.com or respond to the e-vite. Book club Join others in a discussion of books about deadly women at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Luke…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  March 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class Jessica Chapman 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Engineering technician Hometown: Bison, S.D. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Roxie Niemi; father, Wade Chapman; and sisters Tanya Lawhead and Cassie Jackson Education: Associate degree in computer aided drafting from Western Dakota Technical Institute Inspirations: Family, friends; knowing I can make a difference Goals: Happiness,…

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Women’s History Month tees off …

Posted  March 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, tees off March 1 during the Women’s History Month Golf Tournament at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The tournament kicked off the month which will conclude with a luncheon at 11 a.m. March 27 at Club Five Six. This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring…

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