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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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Luke 1 departs, praises Thunderbolts

Posted  September 7, 2012

Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Heather, prepare to depart Luke Air Force Base after a two-year tour here. Harris has been selected to serve as vice commander of the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. We serve the Constitution of the United States; that is the oath…

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F-16 pilot reaches flying hour milestone

Posted  September 7, 2012

Maj. Frank Bricel, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, prepares to exit his aircraft Aug. 31 after crossing his 3,000 flying hour mark in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Bricel has been flying for 18 years. On a scorching afternoon in the skies over Luke Air Force Base, one F-…

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Sports Shorts – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

New pool hours The Silver Wings Pool offers open swim and lap swim 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The pool closes for the season Sept. 21. For more information, call (623) 856-9334. Ghostly Ghoul run The Ghostly Ghoul 5k fun run is…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

“Today, we gather to be reassured that God hears the lamenting and bitter weeping of Mother America because so many of her children are no more. Let us now seek that assurance in prayer for the healing of our grief stricken hearts, for the souls and sacred memory of those who have been lost.” ~…

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SFS defeats CES, wins championship 61-45

Posted  September 14, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron took home the title as they defeated the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron in the intramural basketball championship Aug. 16 at the Bryant Fitness Center. In the double elimination tournament format, CES needed to win only one game to take home the trophy, while SFS needed to go back-to-back for the…

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Street Beat – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 31 through Sept. 6: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug 31: Security forces responded to a report of an off-base vehicle accident near Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Security forces provided traffic control for the helicopter landing…

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Sesame Street performs for youth

Posted  September 14, 2012

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has been helping children understand the process of moving with the family when a parent receives orders to a new assignment.

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Fly Over: ‘Madden 13’, ‘Bunraku’

Posted  September 14, 2012

In stores: ‘Bunraku’ by Jayson Burns Once in a while I will come upon a movie by pure chance, either randomly searching through Netflix or looking at the “suggestions” column on IMDB.com. Most of the time, the movie wouldn’t be any good, completely worthy of its obscure status. On those rare occasions I find something…

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People First – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF finishes…

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‘On house’ medical services not really free

Posted  September 14, 2012

How many times have you heard that those in the military receive “free” medical care? Well, it is free isn’t it?

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