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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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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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Air Force News – April 17, 2015

Posted  April 16, 2015

Greenland Thule Air Base and the 12th Space Warning Squadron’s location offers a unique and strategic vantage point in the execution of its missile warning and defense, and space surveillance missions in support of U.S. Strategic Command. The 12th SWS operates the Upgraded Early Warning Radar 24/7. Afghanistan After months of planning and construction, the…

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Luke flies 1,000th F-35 sortie

Posted  April 10, 2015

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Maj. Joshua Arki, 61st FS pilot, flew Luke Air Force Base’s 1,000th training sortie March 31 in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. The 56th Fighter Wing reached the F-35 1,000-sortie milestone the fastest in the Defense Department. Luke Air Force Base’s F-35 program reached a monumental milestone March 31…

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308th FS rich history, poignant ending

Posted  April 10, 2015

After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer. Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week’s Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly…

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Make time to mentor your Airmen

Posted  April 10, 2015

The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines. I was taught as a young Airman…

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AIM: New resource for Airmen

Posted  April 10, 2015

Courtesy Photo Luke Airmen mingle during an Airmen in Mentoring session March 25 at Luke Air Force Base. AIM is a new program just getting started on base to help support new Airmen by providing mentors who have volunteered to help Airmen with on and off-duty struggles. Being a new Airman has its challenges, but…

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News Briefs April 10, 2015

Posted  April 10, 2015

Luke Toastmasters Luke Toastmasters will meet at noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Club Five Six instead of the usual location. The meeting is open to those interested in developing speaking and meeting organizational skills. Lunch is available for $5 per member and $7 per nonmember. For more information, call Lynne Nutter at 602-740-6124 or…

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Chief returns to where career began

Posted  April 10, 2015

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Chief Master Sgt. Ben Carson, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, stands in front of an F-16 fighter jet March 31 at Luke Air Force Base. Carson began his career as an Airman in the 308th and was in formation on the day of its activation. He will now stand in formation as…

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Help comes in shape of uniform

Posted  April 10, 2015

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs chief of community relations, and Tech. Sgt. Priscilla Noll, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron furnishing management office NCO in charge, provided first aid to an elderly woman who suffered a head injury during a head-on collision. Feb. 27 went as any other normal work…

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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

Posted  April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for fiscal year 2015 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said April 1. “The Air Force continues to expand previous ARP programs to decisively and deliberately shape and retain the rated force. External factors such as new congressional mandates…

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F-35 Lightning II costs drop, report shows

Posted  April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — A recent account of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters in a media roundtable March 24. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, citing this year’s selected acquisition report on the aircraft, called the roundtable to clarify cost and performance facts. He…

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