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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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Serve Airmen by knowing them

Posted  August 8, 2014

Knowing your Airmen is not a new concept in the Air Force. This concept has been mentioned in various professional development situations and throughout guidance from Air Force senior leadership for some time now. As with many processes and concepts this is easier said than done and takes significant commitment from the leader. In short…

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Intentional leaders make things happen

Posted  August 8, 2014

As I write this column I am within 48 hours of closing out my squadron command. Like most people who find themselves at the end of a long journey, I am retrospective about what I’ve learned. As such, I feel I have a unique perspective on command, more specifically on leadership. So I think it…

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AETC command chief mentors Luke Airmen

Posted  August 8, 2014

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Command Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command, speaks to Airman Leadership School students Aug. 1 in the ALS building at Luke Air Force Base. During his visit, Tapia also met with First Term Airman Center students, first sergeants and NCOs, and attended briefings. Command Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo…

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Sports Shorts – August 15, 2014

Posted  August 15, 2014

MDG defeats FWSA in intramural b-ball playoffs Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron, drives down the court during a playoff intramural basketball game against 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base. MDG won 42-30. Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies…

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Utah outdoors adventures: Camping at Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon

Posted  August 15, 2014

One day my friends came up with a great idea—camping....

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Fly Over: ‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’ and ‘Final Fantasy X’

Posted  August 15, 2014

‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’ Chipotle is a place of Americanized Mexican food where customers can get freshly made food within a reasonable amount of time and at a good price. Founded by Steve Ells in 1993, Chipotle began in Colorado and opened 16 locations with the help of investor, McDonald’s Corporation. By 2006, Chipotle had grown…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  August 15, 2014

Laughter and leadership I have an old high school buddy I keep tabs on through Facebook. I know, the cool kids are on Twitter, but read on anyway. We have this freedom to pick on each other in a variety of ways from our greying and/or balding heads, to old-man jokes, to the fact that…

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Changing your communication default settings

Posted  August 15, 2014

In today’s high tech world, it’s easy to become entrenched in the communication tools that are designed to make our lives simpler and more organized. Ironically, the technology that was created to increase our efficiency has a tendency to detract from our communication within an organization. When we unconsciously set our default communication settings to…

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Singaporeans celebrate peace, prosperity on national day

Posted  August 15, 2014

The 425th Fighter Squadron celebrated the National Day of Singapore Aug. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The annual celebration is held in August to commemorate Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965.

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This week in history

Posted  August 15, 2014

Courtesy photo Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke, 56th Fighter Group commander, and Lt. Col. David “Dave” Schilling, 56th FG executive officer, walk together. Zemke ended World War II as a POW with 17.75 aerial victories. Schilling ended the war as the 56th Fighter Group commander with 22.5 aerial victories. Aug. 12 1944: 56th Fighter Group changes…

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