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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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Air Force News – September 12, 2014

Posted  September 12, 2014

Germany Air Mobility Command’s mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces, a capability demonstrated during Steadfast Javelin II, a large-scale, joint multinational exercise held Aug. 31 through Thursday on Ramstein Air Base. Mauritania Six African nations participated in a week-long group intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning exercise Sept. 3…

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People First – September 12, 2014

Posted  September 12, 2014

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 each header. CMSAF discusses enlisted evaluation changes Chief Master…

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Weapons maintainers: Providing munitions for the mission

Posted  September 12, 2014

Most everything that can go ‘boom’ that is used on base has to go through the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 12, 2014

Americans owe $1,200,000,000,000 in college debt (yes, that’s a trillion). According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, students hold an average of $29,400 in debt at graduation. That monthly debt repayment plan starts upon graduation and can easily top $1,000 a month. There are federal loan forgiveness programs (www.consumerfinance.gov) but the process can be complex…

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Emerald Knights birth 16 Viper drivers

Posted  September 12, 2014

FROM LEFT:1st Lts. Brad Leffler, Thomas Nichols, Andrew Kopec, Lonnie Sackett, Daniel Gwynn and Henry Perot; Capt. Ryan Forystek; 1st Lts. Scott Neidrick, Kyle Blase and Zach Clements; Capt. Matt Garris; 1st Lt. Brad Oatmen; Capt. Chris Pauley; 1st Lts. Sam Major, Chris Jeffers and Josh Lemair graduate today from the 308th Fighter Squadron B-Course,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 12, 2014

It was the Buddha who said, “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” The Jewish proverb says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” These…

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Fly Over: ‘Angry Crab’ and Macronutrients: A way of eating healthy

Posted  September 12, 2014

‘Angry Crab’ Every now and then I get a craving for real seafood. I’m not talking about the type of seafood served filleted, breaded and drenched in fancy French nouveau-style sauce. I’m talking about unadulterated, fresh seafood pulled out of a tank and steamed or boiled with Old Bay seasoning. I’ve had some difficulty finding…

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Street Beat

Posted  September 12, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 2 through 7: Tickets Security forces issues citations for 14 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 2: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle accident at Lightning Gate. The individual sustained minor injuries. Nonemergency responses Sept. 4: Security forces responded to a report of…

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Keep sports safe

Posted  September 12, 2014

Playing sports is fun and it helps people keep in shape and relieve stress. However, if one is not careful, playing sports can result in injuries that keep Airmen on the sideline and out of work. “The main cause of sports-related injuries is over aggressive play and people going beyond their comfort level and limits,”…

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Sports Shorts – September 12, 2014

Posted  September 12, 2014

Warrior games bring out best Senior Airman Devante Williams Staff Sgt. Sidney Brunson, 56th Operation Support Squadron intelligence readiness, watches as Andy Amaya, civilian, performs an overhead lunge during the Warrior PT Challenge Saturday at Luke Air Force Base. The event is held twice a year to challenge mental and physical strength, and as a…

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