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Luke cuts ribbon on F-35 Academic Training Center

Luke Air Force Base celebrated the opening of its F-35 Lightning II Academic Training Center Oct. 9.

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U.S., Singapore partnership standout

The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel. December of 2013 marked the 20-year anniversary of this partnership in excellence based right here at Luke Air Force Base.

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Airmen get new ‘Community Commons’

Airmen will now have another place to go to relax and better themselves both physically and mentally with renovations being made to the Health and Wellness Center on base.

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56th RMO: Tip of spear on BMGR, aux field

Every day Air Force pilots use the Barry M. Goldwater Range and Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field to train the world’s greatest F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots, A-10 Warthog pilots and combat aircrew.

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Cardinal’s Fitzgerald coaches mini ‘Bolts

Larry Fitzgerald, eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, scored his first touchdown of the year Sunday and followed it up with a second touchdown Monday at Luke Air Force Base.


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Luke pilot breaks 3,000 hours

Posted  March 27, 2012

Soaring above the skies of Luke Air Force Base, a pilot reached a milestone few pilots can claim throughout their careers. Maj. Saxon Yandell, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, reached his 3,000th F-16 flying hour March 15 after 15 years of flying. While attending the U.S. Air Force Academy he wasn’t sure he…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 30, 2012

Combat fitness course There will be a Hand 2 Hand Combative course conducted by Luke Air Force Base and the U.S. Marine Corps personnel stationed at Luke 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 9 through May 11 at the Luke Fitness Center. Commander approval is required. For more information, call (623) 856-4259. Bunny hop fun run The…

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ALS students get hit to be fit

Posted  March 30, 2012

Members of Airman Leadership School Class 12-3 run toward the center of the court to grab the dodgeballs at the start of the game March 22 in the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center gym. Benjamin Gursky, 607th Air Control Squadron, throws a dodgeball at the opposing team during the ALS workout. Gursky successfully eliminated…

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Say no to tobacco

Posted  March 30, 2012

Children participate in activities during Kick Butts Day March 21 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against tobacco use at more than 1,000 events nationwide. The event included a short movie, various displays and guest…

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Luke exchange shoppers get connected for less

Posted  March 30, 2012

The proliferation and popularity of apps on mobile phones continue to grow at an incredible rate. And, according to a recent exchange poll, military members, with their mobile lifestyle, have a higher propensity to use these tools. As a result, their need for the latest in mobile technology is even greater. To meet military consumers’…

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Fly Over: March 30, 2012

Posted  March 30, 2012

Welcome to the Fly Over, Luke’s source for movie, book, video game, music and all things entertainment reviews. Using a four-point scale, the Thunderbolt staff provides in-depth reviews allowing the viewer an opportunity to decide what new and classic entertainment options are worth their time. The Know a Critic section helps the reader choose critics…

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Viking Challenge raises heart rate, money

Posted  March 31, 2012

Viking Challenge participants run a final lap together as a team to end the 10-hour challenge. Twenty teams participated in the annual challenge raising more than $5,500 for the the enlisted scholarship fund. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron team completed 89 miles and won the challenge. Jennifer Shonkwiler, wife of Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Shonkwiler, 309th…

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Health & Safety

Room of doom

Posted  March 31, 2012

Ron Martin, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services fire chief, briefs first-term Airmen on how to prevent fire hazards in dorm rooms or in the home. The Room of Doom, a three-section room with areas designated as a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, was created to educate individuals on fire and safety in the home….

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Chaplain thoughts…

Posted  March 31, 2012

“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.”   ~ Sandra Day O’Connor R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Numerous events across our great nation over the past couple of months have put the subject of…

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