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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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Wingman Day

Posted  April 17, 2015

Tech. Sgt. Katty Beuttenmuller, 56th Maintenance Group plans and scheduling NCO in charge, gives a travel mug to Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, promoting Comprehensive Airman Fitness at the run. Beuttenmuller, a resiliency training assistant, is one of many RTA’s helping Thunderbolts strengthen their mental, spiritual, social and physical well-being….

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This week in history

Posted  April 17, 2015

April 13, 1945: Raid on Eggebek Seventy years ago this week, the war in Europe was winding down. Late afternoon April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia, President Franklin Roosevelt died. At Royal Air Force Boxted in England, the 56th Fighter Group had a training day. Since bad news travels fast, the pilots of the…

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Sports Shorts – April 17, 2014

Posted  April 17, 2015

CMS takes AAFES, moves on to next round Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Kevin Dawson, Army Air Force Exchange Services wide receiver, runs for a first down during a playoff game April 7 against the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. CMS defeated AAFES 39-24. Win, or go home! It’s…

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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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