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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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News Briefs June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

CONS change of command Maj. Quocnam Nguyen will relinquish command of the 56th Contracting Squadron to Maj. Rochelle Smith at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday in Club Five Six. Relinqish/assume command Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann will relinquish command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 913. At the same time Maj. William McKibban…

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New rules for safety during monsoon season

Posted  June 27, 2014

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Lightning strikes over the White Tank Mountain Range Aug. 26, 2013, during a thunderstorm as seen from the end of the runway. Residents of Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding area were treated to nature’s light show, high winds and heavy rain. June 15 marked the beginning of monsoon season…

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Culture change requires new way to think

Posted  June 27, 2014

The racist comments made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, shocked the nation and were met with extreme displeasure by most Americans. Though the details can be heavily debated, it’s safe to say that most Airmen believe the comments were inappropriate for one reason or another. In the infamous recording, Mr….

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Make time for Airmen, NCOs

Posted  June 27, 2014

We are all very busy these days. Our force is shrinking but our mission stays the same. I often hear people complain that they just do not have enough time. Two things leaders at all levels need to make time for are our Airmen and junior NCOs. Leaders are often stretched so thin that they…

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Team Luke welcomes new commander

Posted  June 27, 2014

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the audience after assuming command of the wing at a ceremony on Luke Air Force Base on June 20. The general is accompanied at Luke by his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons and daughter: Jared, 16; Jack, 11; and Jamie,…

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Sports Shorts – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Nothing but net Story and photo by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs June 23 marked the beginning of the summer 2014 Intramural Basketball Season at Luke Air Force Base and features the East and West regions with 11 teams representing each region. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment squared off with the…

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Street Beat

Posted  July 11, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 23 through July 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 23: An active-duty member was arrested by Glendale police on Glendale Avenue for driving under the influence with a BrAC of .084 percent. The individual was later released to…

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Summer reading program off, running

Posted  July 11, 2014

Luke Air Force Base children view 56th Security Forces Squadron tactical gear June 25 during the “Paws to Read” summer reading program at the 56th Force Support Squadron Library. “Paws to Read” summer reading program is 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through July 30.   Round up your “two-legged pups,” ages 4 to 12, and send them…

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Fly Over: ‘The Terminator’ and ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’

Posted  July 11, 2014

On DVD: ‘The Terminator’ “The Terminator” starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator), Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor), and Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese), and directed by James Cameron features a human-looking, almost indestructible cyborg sent from the year 2029 back in time to 1984 to execute Sarah Connor. At 1:52 a.m. an alleyway is lit up by…

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Financial readiness campaign kicks off Wednesday

Posted  July 11, 2014

The complexity of today’s financial environment combined with the realities of military life present special financial challenges for service members and their families. Frequent relocation, a steady paycheck, separation from family and friends, and the stresses of deployment can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. In recognition of these challenges and the…

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