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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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Thunderbolt team earns ‘Tough Mudder’ title

Posted  March 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Airman 1st Class Reymundo Lopez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, prepares to jump into the Arctic Enema obstacle of the Tough Mudder challenge Feb. 23 in Mesa. The obstacle featured a pit filled with water and ice and is the second obstacle in the Tough Mudder course that has 21 obstacles…

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Cyber threats: Are you secure?

Posted  March 8, 2013

Cyber threats are an ever-increasing issue in today’s technological environment — both at home and at work. Adversaries are constantly and tirelessly looking to capitalize not only on vulnerabilities in our computers and networks, but also in our vigilance to protect them and the information contained therein. All users must maintain an ongoing awareness of…

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Funds in short supply for vehicle repair, purchase

Posted  March 8, 2013

photo byAirman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY FROM LEFT: Tech. Sgt. Robert Kelly, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO-in-charge, and Senior Airman Troy Eisenbeisz, 56th LRS body shop mechanic, check parts on a vehicle at an LRS lot on Luke Air Force Base. Vehicle maintainers work on vehicles registered to the Air Force that need repairs. When a…

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Air Force News – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

Grace Peterson — Air Force’s first female chief master sergeant FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Grace Peterson became the first female chief master sergeant in 1960. She was not only the first female chief master sergeant, she was part of the original group of senior NCOs to be selected for the rank of E-9. At…

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People First – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 8, 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. Nominations open…

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Public Affairs: We’ll make you famous!

Posted  March 8, 2013

Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force Chief of Staff, said every Airman has a story. The Airmen in public affairs would like to help tell those stories.

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 8, 2013

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ~ Galileo Galilei God not only gives us certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (Declaration of Independence), but He also blesses…

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Street Beat – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Feb. 22 through 28. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 22: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 634. There were no injuries. Feb. 27: Security forces responded to a…

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Fly Over: ‘Dark Skies’, ‘Super 8’

Posted  March 8, 2013

In theaters: In theaters…. ‘Dark Skies’ Not your common alien invasion story Moviegoers might be pleasantly surprised with producer Jason Blum’s (“Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious”) latest offering, “Dark Skies.” It’s “Paranormal Activity” meets “X-Files” with a hint of M. Night Shyamalan. The story opens with Lacy and Daniel Barrett (Keri Russell, “August Rush” and Josh…

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Salutes & Awards

MXG celebrates ‘best’

Posted  March 8, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, speaks to the crowd during the banquet. Hanna stressed the importance of operations and maintenance working as a team to complete the mission. The following individuals received 2012 Maintenance professional awards Maintenance officer 1st Lt. Charles Glover, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Direct sortie support Senior NCO: Master Sgt….

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