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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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‘Salad Wednesdays’ big savings at Exchange restaurants

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or above on “Salad Wednesdays” purchased at Burger King, Subway, Anthony’s Pizza, Robin Hood or Charley’s. “Guests save an additional 10 percent when paying with a Military Star® card or exchange gift card,” said Pete Alaniz, Luke Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 1, 2013

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI How do our moral and ethical values today compare to those just a decade ago? Why have our “internal deserts” become so vast? Why is there a spiritual crisis in our nation? Whatever the reasons…

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Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted  March 1, 2013

Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping, breathing and temperature regulation. As well…

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Air Force News – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

DOD implements secure program for mobile devices WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is rolling out a program that will allow users of a range of mobile devices — working anywhere from remote battlefields to the Pentagon to rapidly share classified and protected data across all components. More than 600,000 DOD employees, from soldiers on the…

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People First – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 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. Registration for…

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Vet clinic serves base members

Posted  March 1, 2013

One of Luke Air Force Base’s best kept secrets is that it offers vet services for pets of active-duty members and retirees.

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TRICARE service center changes

Posted  March 1, 2013

“There is nothing permanent except change,” are words credited to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. In the coming months members can expect to see some changes in the administration of health benefits locally. One change has been UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans moving Feb. 19 into the 56th Medical Group TRICARE service center. This was the first…

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Be worthy of admiration – act like a superhero

Posted  March 1, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime. Everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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New chiefs shine brightly

Posted  March 1, 2013

Luke’s newest chief master sergeants are recognized by attendees of the Chief Recognition Ceremony.

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Street Beat – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Kiowa Street and Lalomai Street. There were no injuries. Feb. 21:…

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