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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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Leaving comfort zone deals with doldrums

Posted  December 14, 2012

Do you feel stagnant in your job and don’t know what to do, or do you just have that fear of something new? You will never know how things will turn out until you make that move and take a step. We tend to not want to venture beyond our comfort zone; however, if we…

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Steps to finding federal job easy

Posted  December 14, 2012

Often the task of finding a job with the federal government seems overwhelming. A person can have the feeling of not knowing where to begin, but it’s not as daunting a task as many people fear it to be. It is a fairly straight forward process. Cari Morrison, 56th Force Support Squadron Human Resources specialist,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 14, 2012

Airman 1st Class Zachary Zellner 607th Air Control Squadron Weapons simulation technician Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. Years in service: One Family: Mom and a sister Education: A finance degree from West Virginia University Inspirations: My mom inspired and taught me to endure and attain my goals Goals: Complete a master’s and PhD by age 30 Greatest…

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Local Briefs December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Fitness center renovations Bryant Fitness Center floor will be undergoing renovations Monday through Dec. 31. There will be limited access to the main entrance of the fitness center. Signs will be posted for alternate entrance and exit points. For more information, call the fitness center at (623) 856-6241. Thrift shop holiday hours The thrift shop…

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Shirts bearing gifts …

Posted  December 14, 2012

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Jermaine Jones, 56th Communications Squadron first sergeant, hands cookies to Airman 1st Class Brian Lefevere, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, Dec. 10 at the door to his dorm room. The first sergeants delivered cookies to 578 Airmen living in the dorms and work centers around base. The officers and…

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Pilots, maintainers come together

Posted  December 14, 2012

Training the world’s greatest F-16 pilots is no small feat. That’s why it is up to the Airmen who oversee the maintenance and those who operate the F-16s to come together and communicate with one another to keep the mission at Luke Air Force Base going strong. To accomplish this, a team of two Airmen…

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Sharing geographic information big payoff for stakeholders

Posted  December 14, 2012

When separate agencies working together have a greater outcome than the sum total of each part, there is a big payoff. So when the 56th Range Management Office hosted its annual meeting with 27 geographic information systems professionals at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in November, it was a time to acknowledge their…

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Air Force News – December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection Commanders across the Air Force began conducting health and welfare inspections Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark…

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People First – December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

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. OTS transforms…

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Civilian volunteer at tax center gives back

Posted  December 14, 2012

I started volunteering at Luke Air Force Base Tax Center in January. It has been a great experience. As a retired high school teacher of 33 years, I have no affiliation with the military, but I enjoy being able to give back to them for all they have done. How can we help those who…

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