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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 21 through 27: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 24: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in base housing. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Sept. 21: Security forces responded to a report of…

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Events

Men, cars need tune-ups

Posted  October 5, 2012

The body is very similar to a car. It needs proper maintenance and an occasional tune up. The problem is most men take better care of their vehicles than they do their bodies, according to Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group health manager and registered nurse. “They only go to the doctor when something is broken,”…

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Fly Over: ‘Dredd’, ‘End of Watch’

Posted  October 5, 2012

In theaters: ‘Dredd’ by Jayson Burns In 1995, an adaptation of the British comic “2000 AD” was released, titled “Judge Dredd.” It was cheesy and ripe for ridicule, but some people (like me) see it kind of like a guilty pleasure. Still, it didn’t do well commercially or critically and fans of “2000 AD” as…

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October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted  October 5, 2012

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups, and the Air Force is not excluded. It is a type of abuse that involves injuring usually a spouse or partner, but it can also be a parent, child or other family member. It is the willful intimidation, physical assault,…

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Time for dos, don’ts reminder of political season

Posted  October 5, 2012

Military members and Defense Department employees are encouraged to vote and participate in the political process. At the same time, the appearance of military influence of the political process must be avoided. Thus, participation in political activities by military members and DOD employees is limited by law in order to ensure that a real or…

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Sports

Sports Shorts

Posted  October 5, 2012

 756th AMXS defeats 607th ACS 28-20   Timothy Schonfeld, 607th Air Control Squadron, waits to catch the football Sept. 25 during an intramural football game at the Luke Air Force Base football field. Schonfeld caught the ball for ACS’s first touchdown of the game.           Rakeem Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron,…

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‘Baby of Bataan’ shares story, wisdom

Posted  September 28, 2012

Most 14-year-old boys are starting high school and concerned with meeting girls or playing sports, but not so for retired Staff Sgt. Joseph Johnson, who at that tender age enlisted in the Army in 1940.

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Events

In Brief – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Bryant Fitness Center gym. Small business briefing A small business administration briefing is 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1113. For more…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – Sept. 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Senior Airman Chelsie Nelson 56th Fighter Wing Protocol specialist Hometown: Waynesboro, Va. Years in service: Three Family: My husband, Earl; and three dogs, Marley, Giana and Akia Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing through the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program Inspirations: Martin Luther King, Jr. When others were afraid to speak up about injustices,…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

“Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” ~ John Hancock Imagine that just by signing your name to a document in essence you were signing your own death sentence. That is the price that John…

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