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Luke 1 brings home flagship

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with the press after landing the flagship F-35 Lightning ll joint strike fighter Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. The flagship’s arrival coincides with the start of Luke F-35 student pilot training, which begins Monday. Luke now has 20 U.S. F-35s and…

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Love thy feet

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Senior Airman Yadria Wood, 56th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, wraps a toe after a wedge resection is performed April 16 on Luke Air Force Base. The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the load-bearing structure at the base…

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Jordanians train with AGE Rangers

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Mitchell Newton, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron instructor, teaches Jordanians about the hydraulic flow for a bomb lift April 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The Jordanians were here to learn about aerospace ground equipment in an international cooperative effort between the United States and Jordan. As a part of…

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Victim advocates help in time of need

Being a victim or survivor of a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, but there are resources available to help at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. One of the most valuable resources is the victim advocate.

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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

Posted  April 24, 2015

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

Posted  April 24, 2015

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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It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a Viper

Posted  April 24, 2015

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer A group touring Luke Air Force Base watches as an F-16 Fighting Falcon launches. Both the tower and the mountains are further away than they appear.

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Use, lose leave over 60 days visible on April LES

Posted  April 24, 2015

In 2008, legislation was introduced to increase the number of leave days a member could carry forward at the end of the fiscal year from 60 to 75 days. Every year since, legislation has been introduced to extend the 75-day leave carryover through Sept. 30. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and…

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Air Force News – April 24, 2015

Posted  April 24, 2015

Idaho Airmen from the 366th Fighter Wing and the 266th Range Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base teamed with Sailors, Marines and Army National Guardsmen for combat training scenarios to simulate deployed situations during Gunfighter Flag 15-2. Honduras Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody visited Soto Cano Air Base April 13…

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People First – April 24, 2015

Posted  April 24, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in the title. Testing phase begins for women in combat The…

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This week in history

Posted  April 24, 2015

Courtesy photo Lockheed F-80c Shooting Star April 25, 1950: 56th FW begins conversion from F-80 to F-86 Sixty-five years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Wing began converting from the Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star to the North American F-86 Sabre. From Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan, the wing flew air defense missions, which helped defend…

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Exchange partners with Sears for savings on cleaning, home improvement, repairs

Posted  April 24, 2015

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming up with Sears to offer military shoppers in the United States special savings on cleaning, home improvement and repair services. Luke Air Force Base Exchange shoppers can now receive special offers on cleaning services including: • Carpets • Upholstery • Protector and deodorizer for carpet and…

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Viking Challenge – Not just a spin around the block

Posted  April 24, 2015

Tech. Sgt. John Reeves, 607th Air Control Squadron Charlie Flight NCO in charge, tags in Senior Airman DeAndre Holmes, 607th ACS ground radar journeyman, at the challenge. Each team has 10 members who can run as many laps as they want and then switch with another member.   Senior Master Sgt. LeRoy Ridgel, 56th LRS…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 24, 2015

Mercy and a Romanian MP Last year while deployed to a NATO base in Afghanistan, a Romanian military police officer stopped my chaplain assistant and me for passing a bus that had pulled off the road. He came to the window and said, “You can’t overtake bus. ID and vehicle papers, please.” Since I was…

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