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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Barraza 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Information Technician Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Years in service: 10 Family: Husband, Jose; sons, Gabriel, 5 months; and William Holzgartner, 6 Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in munitions systems technology Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Kunsan Air Base, Republic…

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Health & Safety

Two-wheelers not always visible on road

Posted  February 8, 2013

Luke Air Force Base has more than 420 motorcycle riders. As a rider on Luke, it is required to complete a basic rider’s course. It is also mandatory to wear personal protective gear. It never hurts to be too safe especially with the number of deaths and injuries from motorcycle accidents. In 2012, Luke had…

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First dental visit for children comes early

Posted  February 8, 2013

It’s never too early to care for a child’s teeth. Properly caring for children’s teeth and gums can prevent many dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. Dental health starts at a very early age. The first dental visit should coincide with the child’s first birthday. This allows the dentist to look for dental…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 8, 2013

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through 31: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 29: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 1245. There were no injuries. Jan. 29: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident…

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Air Force News – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active-duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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People First – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 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. Air Force…

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Commentary

Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  February 8, 2013

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” ~ Hank Aaron “Hammerin’ Hank” also went on to say, “If we were to give up every time we experienced failure in our personal and…

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Air Force News – 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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Short sale assistance offered to military homeowners with government loans

Posted  February 8, 2013

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced changes to short sale policies that will make it easier for military homeowners with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages to honor financial commitments when they are issued a permanent-change-of-station order. Under the new policy Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue a deficiency judgment or any…

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Health & Safety

Hit, run exercise hones response

Posted  February 8, 2013

Senior Master Sgt. Sandra Nunes, 56th Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, mixes costume makeup Jan. 30 to create the illusion of a compound leg fracture in preparation for a hit-and-run response exercise at Luke Air Force Base. By having mock wounds such as these, first responders are better able to react to the situations they come…

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