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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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62nd FS, family help feed homeless

Posted  December 21, 2012

While many people may have been preparing for the holidays, 20 Airmen and family members from the 62nd Fighter Squadron helped feed the homeless Dec. 19 and 20 at the André House of Hospitality in Phoenix. “Since it was the holiday season, I thought it would be nice to find a local soup kitchen in…

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Winter games last chance to win commander’s cup

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Winter Games were the final fitness center organized sporting event of the year for squadrons to receive points to increase their chances of taking home the commander’s cup....

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Justice Report – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions at Luke Air Force Base for October and November. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A technical sergeant was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice and one specification of Article 134, wrongful distribution…

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All I want for Christmas … Daddy!

Posted  December 21, 2012

Sometimes, not every member of the family can be home, and when a family member is deployed it can change how a family spends the holiday season.

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Street Beat – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 7 through 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 9: Security forces and firefighters assisted Glendale police with an off-base vehicle accident. Dec. 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at…

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Chill out, not stress out during holidays

Posted  December 21, 2012

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet for many, it’s anything but. “If the holidays have you overwhelmed, you are not alone,” said Kristin Musch, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health educator. “Expectations are high, to-do lists are long and the budget tight, which can result in sadness, anger, frustration and…

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In Brief – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

No Thunderbolt for two weeks The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 28 or Jan. 4, 2013. Look for the 2012 Year In Review edition Jan. 11, 2013. For more information, call (623) 856-7996. Annual wing warrior run The 2.2-mile 3rd annual wing warrior run will take place at 7 a.m. Jan. 2 at the north…

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Sports Shorts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Women’s Varsity Basketball team poses for a photo after winning the PacWest Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. The team defeated Davis-Monthan in the championship game. Lady ’Bolts take Vegas by storm With a new coaching staff leading the way, the Luke Air Force Base Varsity Women’s Basketball team has made…

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Civilian police enter new territory at Luke

Posted  December 14, 2012

A civilian police officer running a police station is a common occurrence across Arizona, but civilian police running a military “police station” is something new. The 56th Security Forces Squadron is trying “something new” by having three Department of the Air Force Police Officers, officers Phillip Mulherin, Rolando Gonzalez and Randolph Miller, serving as flight…

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Knowing ‘why’ powerful motivator

Posted  December 14, 2012

Recently I’ve been making my way through a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek who believes absolutely in the motivating power of the people you lead knowing the why of what they’re asked to do. Although this book and the majority of the analogies within are business centric, the message they convey can…

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