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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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Red Ribbon Week approaches

Posted  October 19, 2012

On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, Calif., wore red ribbons in his honor. This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the…

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Firefighters muster Thunderbolt muscle

Posted  October 19, 2012

Keeping the base firefighters in trim....

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Sports Shorts – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 607th Air Control Squadron defeated the 56th Communications Squadron Oct. 11 at the Bryant Fitness Center football field by a final score of 19-6 to become the intramural flag football champions.

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Nurse Transition Program ticket to new career

Posted  October 12, 2012

There are many paths Airmen take to become nurses whether being prior enlisted or commissioning immdiately after college. Whatever the case, the Nurse Transition Program is here to prepare them for their future endeavors. “The NTP helps provides a solid foundation for brand new Air Force nurses,” said Col. Carol Andrews, 56th Medical Group chief…

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Are you a great teammate?

Posted  October 12, 2012

Accountability is the cornerstone of any organization. Accountability equals trust and each member of an organization or team must be able to trust that their teammate is accountable and will always execute the mission at the same high standard. The standard is excellence and as Airmen we should accept nothing less, but we often do….

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‘Missing Man’ symbol of loss

Posted  October 12, 2012

The missing man formation is one of the most profound demonstrations of honor and respect a flying unit can bestow. The very makeup and maneuvering of this formation demonstrates the concept of a cohesive team and how each member of that team counts. When a member of that team is lost, the others not only…

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Calling all thrifty shoppers

Posted  October 12, 2012

At Luke Air Force Base there is a place where military personnel can buy items at a bargain price while at the same time helping the base and a variety of charities the proceeds go to.

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In Brief – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Contemporary Gospel Service celebration The Luke Air Force Base chapel will offer two services at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Luke Community chapel in honor of the Contemporary Gospel Service celebrating 37 years of history. Dr. Alfred Craig from the Arizona USA World Ministries and Rev. Gregory Chambliss from Solid Rock Baptist Church…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jan-Michael Wood 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: McLouth, Kan. Years in service: One Education: Associate degree in liberal arts Inspirations: This is my first time away from home, and the 62nd FS men and women have made me feel at home Goals: Complete a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering,…

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‘I am Air Force Energy’ campaign kicks off

Posted  October 12, 2012

October is Energy Action Month, and it provides an opportunity to promote energy and water conservation awareness to Airmen as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to inspire the Total…

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