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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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Financial classes offered on base

Posted  February 15, 2013

Some people are feeling the financial pain from the holiday hangover? Those with any money concerns at all, should take action now to improve their financial future. Now is the time to take a serious look at your spending habits, emergency fund, account balances, savings and investments. Make time during the 2013 Military Saves Week,…

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Fly Over: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, ‘Identity Thief’

Posted  February 15, 2013

In theaters: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Broomstick riders beware Being a big fan of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I was excited to see that they were recreating the old bedtime story “Hansel and Gretel.” I was also curious to see how this film would do after sitting on the shelves for almost two years waiting…

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Verde Canyon railroad, glimpse of old Southwest

Posted  February 15, 2013

The train crosses a bridge Feb. 9 during the Verde Canyon railroad tour in northern Arizona. The 38-mile trip begins in Clarkdale and goes to the Santa Fe/Burlington Northern track at Drake.     Known for many scenic vistas and glimpses of animal and bird life along the way, the tour offers views of the…

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Sports Shorts – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

Falcons come up short of taking it all Paul Madrid, Falcon catcher, prepares to tag the runner as he slides into home during the fourth inning of the game. Madrid tagged the runner out keeping him from scoring.     Outfielder Alex Hernandez, Luke Air Force Base Falcon, prepares to throw the ball to third…

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Salutes & Awards

EOD Airman receives Purple Heart

Posted  February 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Tech. Sgt. Michael Pasley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal utilities superintendent, receives a Purple Heart at Luke Air Force Base Jan. 31. He received the award for when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle injuring him during a deployment to Afghanistan January 2012. For Tech. Sgt. Michael…

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EMS wins AF-level award

Posted  February 8, 2013

There are many levels of recognition for Airmen from unit level awards all the way up to Air Force level, and nothing is better than knowing your unit is at the top of the heap. That is how the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron felt Jan. 25 when it was announced they had won the Air…

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Who, what do you serve?

Posted  February 8, 2013

How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to these questions, I would submit to…

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Integrity first to the core

Posted  February 8, 2013

Integrity: the first in line of the three Air Force Core Values. This value is inscribed into every Airman from day one of basic military training. According to Webster’s Dictionary, it is an “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character, and honesty.” We also know it as doing what is right when…

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MLB players join Luke for prayer breakfast

Posted  February 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley FROM LEFT: Major league baseball players Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman; Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Indians third baseman; and Bob Howry, retired Chicago Cubs relief pitcher, talk about their careers and share stories of overcoming obstacles through their faith Jan. 31 at the National Prayer Breakfast at Club Five Six….

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Local Briefs February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in preparation for the TRICARE West transition from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to United Healthcare Military and Veterans. The center is located at the Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Medical Clinic, third floor. Normal operations will resume…

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