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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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Salutes & Awards

MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Posted  August 1, 2014

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated…

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Sports Shorts – August 8, 2014

Posted  August 8, 2014

LRS gets playoff spot in 55-35 win over OSS Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron battled the 56th Operations Support Squadron during an intramural basketball game July 29 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. LRS won the game 55-35, which guarantees LRS…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  August 8, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 28 through Aug. 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 22 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 28: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle vs. fixed object accident near Perimeter Road. There were no injuries. Aug. 2: Security forces responded to report…

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Health & Safety

Oral health impacts physical performance

Posted  August 8, 2014

In order for Olympic athletes to be successful, it is imperative for them to train hard and ensure their overall health is impeccable. When you think of an athlete training, their toothbrush does not usually come to mind as an essential training tool. However, recent research has shown oral health has a direct link to…

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Airfield management keeps runway tidy

Posted  August 8, 2014

It’s said when stakes are high, those who are calm prevail. Airmen from the 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management section know this all too well.

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Fly Over: ‘Crazy Love’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted  August 8, 2014

‘Crazy Love’ I must begin this review with full disclosure – the book being reviewed is about God told through the perspective of Christianity. If you are someone who is uninterested or offended by these topics, this book is not for you. If, however, you are one of the millions who are interested in learning…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  August 8, 2014

The slow days of summer are fading and moms and dads are working the logistics of getting their darlings out the door to school. Most families develop a morning routine to get the children out of bed, cleaned, dressed and fed before they usher them off to school. This can be an exasperating time for…

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56th Operations Support Squadron forecasts for Luke AFB

Posted  August 8, 2014

Ever curious where that AtHoc notice that flies across the computer screen alerting of weather warnings and when heat index changes comes from? Credit the people at the 56th Operations Support Squadron weather forecasting and warning services. Their mission is to observe and provide weather forecasts and severe weather threats to more than 30 squadrons…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 8, 2014

Courtesy photo North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats attack the USS Maddox Aug. 2, 1964. August 1964: Gulf of Tonkin Fifty years ago, American involvement in Vietnam hit a major trip wire, the Gulf of Tonkin incident. American involvement began before the end of the First Indochina War in 1954. The breakup of French Indochina created…

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Health & Safety

Silver Wings Pool offers workout options

Posted  August 8, 2014

What does a young Airman, pregnant woman and retiree have in common? All three of them need to be fit and healthy to live a long and happy life.

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