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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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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  October 26, 2012

In stores: ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by Christine Tuler John Green’s novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” jumps briefly into the life of 16-year-old Hazel Green, a girl living with terminal cancer. Surprisingly, the main focus of the novel isn’t Hazel’s fight to live as she knows with 100 percent certainty that the cancer…

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Operation KIDS makes impact

Posted  October 26, 2012

Children generally don’t see all the things parents do to prepare or how they live once they’re deployed, but the Luke Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readiness Center hopes to change that by offering a day camp once a year called Operations KIDS.

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Base exchange opens doors to local vendors

Posted  October 26, 2012

While the economy may have forced some retailers to scale back on merchandise or services, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is actively seeking the assistance of local businesses to increase the product selection troops and their families find at their exchange. “Some shoppers drive up to 40 miles or more to come to…

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Sports Shorts – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

Pushing weight around Photos by Staff Sgt. CJ Hatch Jacob Scoresby deadlifts more than 400 pounds during the Bryant Fitness Center Powerlifting competition held Oct. 19. Scoresby lifted a total of 2,450 pounds placing second as Luke’s strongest male. Ryan Steadley performs a squat during the Bryant Fitness Center Powerlifting competition held Oct. 19. The…

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Ducks help feed world’s hungry

Posted  October 19, 2012

Everyday there are children suffering from starvation throughout the world and to help make a difference, airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base participated Saturday in an event with Feed My Starving Children in Tempe.

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Nature, earth festival happens on three rivers

Posted  October 19, 2012

Bird watching, canoe riding, paddle boarding and crocodile wrestling … well, no crocodile wrestling. But at the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival, a free one-day festival, these and other events are scheduled. The Oct. 27 festival is geared toward educating participants about the environment. “Tres Rios refers to the confluence of the Gila, Salt…

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‘Widows’ devoted to excellence

Posted  October 19, 2012

Under the Peace Carvin II program, the 425th Fighter Squadron received nine borrowed ex-Thunderbird F-16A/Bs Dec. 30, 1992, and reactivated the squadron at Luke Air Force Base. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of this program and the U.S. Air Force’s special relationship with Singapore here at Luke. The Black Widows are a unique…

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What is your word worth?

Posted  October 19, 2012

Your word, promise and integrity are worth something. The value placed on them is different for everybody. The old saying, “my word is my bond,” is a powerful statement that builds confidence and helps you become known as a reliable person. Disregarding your word not only adversely affects those relying on you, it also depletes…

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Early detection key to cure

Posted  October 19, 2012

More than two million survivors of breast cancer are living in the U.S. today. Do you know what that means?

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In Brief – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

New TSP contributions open Active-duty members of the Air Force, Army and Navy are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of investment planning through the member’s online MyPay account or submit a TSP-U-1 form to the finance office. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from the service member’s…

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