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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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Wild Ducks fly east for spring training

Posted  March 27, 2012

Ducks may not have teeth, but try telling them they can’t bite. The Air Force version of the Grapefruit league’s best got to see what their Cactus League brothers had to offer on the Florida panhandle last week. Almost 90 Airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron and aircraft maintenance unit’s Wild Ducks…

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Salutes & Awards

Graydon Williams award winner announced

Posted  March 27, 2012

Senior Master Sgt. Steve Brook, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager, was selected as the 2011 Graydon Williams Award recipient. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee presented the award during a recent luncheon held at Club Five Six…

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Thunderbolt of the Week, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety Ground safety technician, Hometown: West Mansfield, Ohio, Years in service: Seven Family: Wife, Krissy, Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado and a bachelor’s degree at University of Ottawa, Previous…

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MDG ‘sticks’ it to Navy in B-ball

Posted  March 27, 2012

L.J. Magee goes through a defender March 12 in an intramural basketball game against Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group defeated Navy 53-33. Guy McAdams, goes for a lay-up during an intramural basketball game March 12 against the Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The play resulted in a foul and…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 27, 2012

Start Smart baseball Start Smart Baseball is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program at 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through April 25 at the youth center. Parents work one-on-one with their child. The cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. Space is limited. Sign up now. For more information, call (623) 856-7470. Bunny…

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In Brief, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Blue Cross Blue Shield Q&A A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available 10 to 11:30 a.m. today in Bldg. 1150, Room 1163, to answer health care coverage questions for federal civilian employees. For more information, call Kristina Rightweiser at (623) 856-2120. Lose weight Get up in elevation to get down in pounds…

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Health & Safety

Medical team goes Lean to save

Posted  March 27, 2012

Do you like long waits for medical appointments? I didn’t think so. The 56th Medical Group doesn’t like you waiting either, and they chose to do something about it. They decided to get “Lean.” More than 40 students from a handful of Air Force bases attended the Lean For Healthcare course taught March 5 to 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students included…

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Good foundation must for leading

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its simplistic form, leadership is defined as getting others to do what you want. Those who follow this thought process typically revert to using conniving tactics to persuade their followers. Many view this as a shortcut to leadership and find it being an ineffective way to lead, without any long-term value. To build a…

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Leadership is action, not position

Posted  March 27, 2012

I recently read a quote in an article that I believe defines a true leader. The quote is from Donald H. McGannon and says, “Leadership is action, not position.” This phrase epitomizes my leadership philosophy; specifically, I feel people are leaders by virtue of what they do, not the authority they are given or the…

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Medal of Honor recipient visits Luke, speaks to 308th Fighter Squadron

Posted  March 27, 2012

A Medal of Honor recipient who earned distinction as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War visited the 308th Fighter Squadron March 16 at Luke Air Force Base.
James Fleming, 69, who retired as a colonel in 1996…

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