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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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Help comes in shape of uniform

Posted  April 10, 2015

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs chief of community relations, and Tech. Sgt. Priscilla Noll, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron furnishing management office NCO in charge, provided first aid to an elderly woman who suffered a head injury during a head-on collision. Feb. 27 went as any other normal work…

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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

Posted  April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for fiscal year 2015 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said April 1. “The Air Force continues to expand previous ARP programs to decisively and deliberately shape and retain the rated force. External factors such as new congressional mandates…

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F-35 Lightning II costs drop, report shows

Posted  April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — A recent account of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters in a media roundtable March 24. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, citing this year’s selected acquisition report on the aircraft, called the roundtable to clarify cost and performance facts. He…

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Saving lives at home …

Posted  April 10, 2015

Senior Airman Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron requirements and optimization electrical subject matter expert, donates blood for the United Blood Services drive March 26 at Luke Air Force Base. Donors like Stein are needed year-round to provide blood for life-saving treatment of patients suffering from serious injuries, in need of…

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Air Force News – April 10, 2015

Posted  April 10, 2015

Alaska Rapid Raptor program training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson exercised capabilities to quickly deploy a package of combat-ready F-22 Raptors and C-17 Globemaster IIIs loaded with supporting personnel and equipment to any forward operating base in the world. Arctic Region Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot…

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People First – April 10, 2015

Posted  April 10, 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. SNCOs review records to ensure completion on file…

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Spring fest hit with young, old

Posted  April 10, 2015

With the smell freshly cut grass gives off, plenty of sunshine, exciting treasure hunts, smiles, laughter and a big fluffy bunny — Easter had arrived yet again.

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Thunderbolts assist boys of summer

Posted  April 10, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers requested Airmen from Luke Air Force Base to work the outfield during their spring training for 13 days starting March 6 at the Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 10, 2015

Courtesy photo “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” ~ Billy Graham This is true on so many levels. From our day-to-day activities and interactions with others, to our deepest and most abiding relationships with those we love the most, we have a need for forgiveness and…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 10, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 30 through April 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Nonemergency responses March 31: Security forces responded to a report of a nonmilitary-affiliated civilian driving drunk at South Gate. Security forces witnessed the individual drive erratically into the…

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