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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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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  July 18, 2014

Staff Sgt. Jesse Bloom Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-35 TAMS instructor Hometown: Canton, Ohio Years in service: Seven Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in applied science, technical military science instructor, bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Ashford College Previous assignments: Nellis Air Force Base Inspirations: Anyone who has faced adversity in…

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News Briefs July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting…

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Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Posted  July 18, 2014

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…

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Your career – as easy as 1, 2, 3

Posted  July 18, 2014

Oftentimes at retirements we hear the phrase, “This is one chapter in my life.” No matter what our goal is, whether it is to serve for four years or 20 years, each of us will leave the Air Force at some point. This leads to the question, “What does it take to have an Air…

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Is being good, good enough?

Posted  July 18, 2014

In today’s Air Force can you settle with just being good? I say, “No.” With the Air Force executing the deepest force cuts since the end of the cold war with programs such as the Quality Force Review Board and the Enlisted Retention Board, what you do and how well you do it matters more…

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Health & Safety

DUI in Arizona: You can’t afford it

Posted  July 18, 2014

Arizona has some of the toughest drunken driving laws in the United States. The average overall cost of a DUI in the state of Arizona is around $10,000. Crazy, right? Ten thousand dollars may seem hard to swallow at first, but first time offenders often find themselves paying considerable unforeseen expenses throughout the course of…

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MMA ramps up combat training

Posted  July 18, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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Sports Shorts – July 25, 2014

Posted  July 25, 2014

Anthony Coleman, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, lays up the ball during an intramural basketball game July 15 against Army at Luke Air Force Base. CES defeated Army 64-33. CES flattens Army in hoops Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron battled the Army team for bragging rights…

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Street Beat

Posted  July 25, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 15 through 20: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 19: Security forces conducted a traffic stop for erratic driving and speeding, and detained a civilian driver for suspicion of underage drinking and driving while impaired. Glendale police responded and took…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  July 25, 2014

“A chair with just two legs . . . really isn’t much of a chair?” ~Anonymous There are four components of Airman resilience: social (connecting with friends, family and colleagues), mental (honing mental skills and abilities fostering a good mindset), physical (exercise, proper diet and adequate rest), and spiritual (connecting with something beyond ourselves which…

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