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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  September 5, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 25 to Sept. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 22 moving and five nonmoving violations. Nonemergency responses Aug. 25: Security forces responded to a report of a gas leak caused by contractors striking a gas line in Bldg. 1118. The area was cordoned off and…

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Sports Shorts – September 5, 2014

Posted  September 5, 2014

Michael Thibodeaux, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron teammate, runs within a few feet of the goal line Aug. 22 at the Luke Air Force Base football field in their first match this season with 56th Component Maintenance Squadron. EMS routs CMS in flag football Story and photo by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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Luke 1 holds first commander’s call

Posted  August 29, 2014

Courtesy Photo Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, begins his first commander’s call at Luke Air Force Base Monday. Pleus took command of the fighter wing June 20. Brig. Gen Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, held his first commander’s call Monday at the Luke Air Force Base theater. The day was divided…

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Balance, key to successful AF life

Posted  August 29, 2014

I believe proper balance is the key to a successful life in the Air Force. Over the years I’ve come to realize that it takes a concentrated effort to maintain balance between a professional life as an Air Force member and personal or family life. Both require constant learning, adjustments, development and attention. It’s easy…

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Avoid claustrophobic career

Posted  August 29, 2014

I have heard many times that education is the great equalizer. The Air Force takes in people of all races, cultures and backgrounds and unifies them under simple beliefs and values. The enlisted force structure serves as the common language for force development, and education plays a major role. We all know education creates opportunity,…

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No one flies until flight med gives OK

Posted  August 29, 2014

James Hensley Airman 1st Class Shawn Martinez, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine technician, checks over the ambulance Aug. 19 with Staff Sgt. Jovanny Reyes, 56th AMDS medical technician, at Luke Air Force Base. Martinez ensures the vehicle is prepped and ready for emergency response on the flightline by checking the lights, ensuring the equipment…

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News Briefs August 29, 2014

Posted  August 29, 2014

Gate hours change The South Gate Visitor Registration Center hours have changed. They are 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Effective Tuesday, the North Gate is open inbound and outbound 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also on Tuesday, the Kachina Gate will open inbound and outbound 6 a.m. to 10…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 29, 2014

Senior Airman Brian Comia 56th Force Support Squadron Services journeyman Hometown: San Lorenzo, California Years in service: Three Family: Wife, Phoebe; daughters, Sophia and Isabella Inspirations: My family Goals: My short-term goal is to make staff sergeant next year Greatest feat: Becoming a U.S. citizen and having the pleasure and honor of serving this country…

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AFRC announces O-5 selects

Posted  August 29, 2014

The following majors were selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: 924th Fighter Group Brandon Kelly 47th Fighter Squadron John Lesho, Brian Miller and Bryan Wieland 69th FS Jeremy Cukierman, Sean Holahan, Bryan McCarty, Matthew Morrison, Ryan Savageau, Trena Savageau, Ronald Sloma and Paul Wells 307th FS Alfredo Ramirez 944th Medical Squadron Maniphet Kannalikham, Sanjay Kulkarni…

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Motivated Airman dedicated to AF

Posted  August 29, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Roman, 56th Communications Squadron cyber transport systems technician, shows off her Muhammad Ali T-shirt, which to her represents an expression of determination and how a person with determination can overcome any obstacle. The absence of a father can be detrimental to a child, but in the military,…

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