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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

56th MXG announces awards

Posted  January 25, 2013

2012 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award The following individuals are Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners and will compete at the Air Education and Training Command level: Aircraft technician Airman: Airman 1st Class Henry Eichorn, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Supervisor: Staff Sgt. Derek Kreiner, 310th AMU Supervisor manager: Master Sgt. David Justice, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Chynna Smith 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Management Hometown: Vancouver, Wash. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Todd and Cindy; and sisters, Cassandra, Sage and Jeni Inspirations: My parents; they’ve shown me nothing is impossible Goals: To complete school and become an officer Greatest feat: Passing my career development course the first…

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Health & Safety

Not too late to stop flu

Posted  January 25, 2013

Every year, especially during winter, people get sick from the flu, but there are ways to lower one’s chances of getting sick and speed the healing process. “The seasonal flu is from a strain or strains of the influenza virus that causes a contagious respiratory illness infecting the nose, throat and lungs,” said Rachel Perkins-Garner,…

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Commentary

Servant-leadership style worthwhile, effective

Posted  January 25, 2013

I’ve spent 21 years in the military, serving as both an enlisted member and an officer. I’ve seen “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of leadership styles. However, the most worthwhile and effective styles of leadership I’ve seen is the servant leader. I have read many books on the servant leader style, and I…

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Health & Safety

Portion control #1 for losing weight

Posted  January 25, 2013

You’ve changed the foods you eat to include more fruits and veggies. You’ve cut back on the soda and you’ve started exercising three times a week. And yet, you’re not losing weight … or at least, you’re not losing enough. Why? It really all boils down to two very small, but significant words: portion control….

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Keeping New Year’s resolution calls for plan

Posted  January 25, 2013

For some people waking up on New Year’s Day means a fresh start. For others, it may feel like there is a lot of work ahead, especially if they’ve made a New Year’s resolution. The Examiner reported that American’s top three goals for 2013 are sticking to a budget, getting in better shape and developing…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  January 25, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situation from Jan. 11 through 17: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot adjacent to Fighter Country Inn. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses Jan. 11: Security…

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Air Force News – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

GI Bill education transfer incurs 4 years for Airmen When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2- or 3-year active-duty service commitment. That phase-in period expired July 31, 2012, and all active-duty Airmen now incur a four-year ADSC, said Bruce…

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People First – January 25, 2012

Posted  January 25, 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. Nonvolunteer MTI…

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Call to action – Three ways to combat sexual assault

Posted  January 25, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas — While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, “Will my…

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