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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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F-35 night crawlers

Posted  September 26, 2014

F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter night crew chiefs, also known as night crawlers, from the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform preflight inspections Aug. 22 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. In addition to inspections, Staff Sgt. Aaron Booth, left, Senior Airman Nikolas Kinder, center, and Staff Sgt. Arthur Verchot are responsible for…

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Shoplifting increases cost military community

Posted  September 26, 2014

There are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America, accounting for more than $35 million a day in losses, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. This fact is not lost on retailers including the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. While it may not be evident to the naked eye, the Luke Air Force…

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Sports Shorts – September 26, 2014

Posted  September 26, 2014

Rafael Lopez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, avoids 56th Force Support Squadron defenders Sept. 16 during intramural football play at Luke Air Force Base. EMS defeated FSS 32-0. EMS shuts out FSS 32-0 Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The first pass of the game was thrown short setting the tone…

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Supreme allied commander comes home

Posted  September 19, 2014

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots. For story and more photos, see Page 12.

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Command post chief averts potential disaster

Posted  September 19, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-16 Fighting Falcon and landed it safely after an internal malfunction occurred during a training mission over Luke. Capt….

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You are what you eat

Posted  September 19, 2014

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who…

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Knowledge equals power

Posted  September 19, 2014

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge…

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EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Posted  September 19, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often what make us who we are, alter our path in life and change our future. For Tech Sgt. David Gerig, 56th Civil Engineer…

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News Briefs September 19, 2014

Posted  September 19, 2014

CFC kick-off The 56th Fighter Wing Combined Federal Campaign kick-off charity fair is 9 a.m. Monday in Bldg. 1130 auditorium. Learn about the 2014 campaign ‘Serving Our Country. Supporting Our Community.’ and visit with local charities. For more information, call Maj. Jennifer Preyer-Bonton at 623-856-7144. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began Monday and…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 19, 2014

Airman 1st Class Moriah Ruth 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Information management Hometown: Oak Grove, Missouri Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Kenneth and Marie Ruth; sisters, Angie Curd and Robin Gomez, brother, Wesley Goals: Get a master’s degree in information management or technology, start a family, have financial freedom Famous last words: “I’ll be fine.”…

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