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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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Thunderbolts swim, bike, run

Posted  September 5, 2014

Participants take to the water Saturday at the Silver Wings Pool in the first event of the 7th Annual Luke Air Force Base Fall Triathlon. The swimming event was an eight-lap race followed by the biking and running events. For the story and more photos, see Page 18.

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Tuition assistance program changes Oct. 1

Posted  September 5, 2014

Effective Oct. 1, new changes will go into effect that impact the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program. Personnel using the TA program will now be required to pass all undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or higher. A grade of “D” will be considered a failing grade and members who do not meet the…

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Innovative followership, leadership

Posted  September 5, 2014

Innovate, innovate, innovate. We hear this all the time in today’s leaner military. It’s a rather catchy word and sounds very impressive. However, innovation has to begin somewhere. Can followers innovate? Can leaders innovate? I submit the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.” Unfortunately, one thing that keeps us from challenging the status…

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How to know everything, yet know nothing

Posted  September 5, 2014

You have probably heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” What does this really mean? I’ve personally heard it referenced when discussing promotions, but I’ve also heard it when talking about getting things done. These are really interrelated. If you can work your boss’s boss’s priority, you can become your…

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Airmen help pilots survive in wilderness

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Chris Long, 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman, conducts a built-in test for the URT-44 personnel locator beacon, which is part of the survival kit that ejects along with the pilot. The test ensures the beacon is in proper working order. There are many measures taken…

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News Briefs

Posted  September 5, 2014

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Michael Hohn at 623-856-3812. GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept….

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airman Dewayne Law 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew egress systems journeyman Hometown: Ft. Stewart, Georgia Years in service: Five Family: One daughter Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Osan AB, South Korea Inspirations: God, mom and daughter Goals: Get a degree in digital cinematography Greatest feat: Being a…

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Close call in AOR didn’t discourage Airman

Posted  September 5, 2014

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Alten Hayes poses for a photo during his deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. A rocket landed 60 feet away from his position but did not activate. This Indiana native wanted to be part of something bigger in life. His high school graduation date was coming up and he had to make a…

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Luke Exchange shoppers have their say

Posted  September 5, 2014

To constantly improve the level of service provided throughout its facilities, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service relies on an ongoing customer satisfaction index for localized, real time snapshots of how successful the organization is at meeting the community’s needs. The survey, which addresses customer service, pricing, sales associate availability, merchandise assortment and other…

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Breakfast with the boss …

Posted  September 5, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Airmen Aug. 26 at the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus and Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander, joined Airmen for breakfast to discuss sick call, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program, the commander’s priorities for Luke…

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