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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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CSAF reading list worthwhile

Posted  December 7, 2012

Truth be told, it took me a few years of active-duty service before I fully realized what the “Chief of Staff Reading List” entailed. Like many, I heard the term thrown around, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized it was a relatively short list of books recommended each year by…

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New G-suit comes to Luke

Posted  December 7, 2012

The anti-gravity suit, or G-suit, doesn’t help pilots at Luke Air Force Base by reversing gravity; it helps them withstand the acceleration forces put on their bodies while maneuvering in the F-16.

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In Brief – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsachapter1260.weekly.com or call Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow at (623) 856-2985. LOSC event The Luke Officers Spouses Club annual wreath and tree raffle, at 11 a.m. Tuesday in…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jacqueline Villines 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska Years in service: One Family: Parents, John and Susan; brother, Nick; sister-in-law, Ashlee; and nephew, Titan Inspirations: People who work hard and adjust to whatever life throws at them; my father served 26 years in the Air Force; and my…

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MWD serves in wake of Sandy’s ruin

Posted  December 7, 2012

When Sandy, a category 2 hurricane, touched down in the Northeastern United States in late October, the devastation was enormous. Staff Sgt. Jesse Johnson, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, her MWD, answered the call for help and were dispatched to Sky Harbor International Airport to help assist the recovery effort.

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Spouse’s volunteer experience at tax center time well-spent

Posted  December 7, 2012

Being a military spouse can be lonely at times, especially when the military member is deployed. I like to fill my time by volunteering. In the past, I’ve volunteered for many things, but I never thought I would find myself at the Luke Air Force Base Tax Center. Our family had just moved to Luke…

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People First – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 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. 290-plus selected…

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Move, shoot, communicate training

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Department of the Air Force police, along with members from the 56th Security Forces Squadron, load nonlethal training ammunition into their weapons before the shoot, move and communicate training exercise.   Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Cory Becker, Department of the Air Force policeman, sprints to another point of cover to…

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Smoke out

Posted  December 7, 2012

Glendale Fire Department firefighters work on the roof of a building during smoke out training Nov. 29 held at Luke Air Force Base. Luke firefighters performed joint rescue operations training with local fire rescue providers to better coordinate combined efforts during a real emergency.   Glendale Fire Department firefighters spray water into a building to…

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Street Beat – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 23 through 29: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 24: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the South Gate visitor center parking lot. There were no injuries. Nov. 27: Security…

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