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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 – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 21 through 27: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 24: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in base housing. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Sept. 21: Security forces responded to a report of…

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607th ACS bulilds home, future for family

Posted  October 5, 2012

Sounds of hammering and sawing filled the air as members of the 607th Air Control Squadron spent the day working with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need.

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Chaplain thoughts – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

“Riches don’t make a man rich; they only make him busier.” ~ Christopher Columbus A basic definition of contentment is being satisfied with what you already have. I believe this is something most people need to learn a little bit more. Now don’t get me wrong, wanting to better ourselves financially or professionally is OK…

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People First – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Wolfenbarger: AFMC 5-Center reorganization on track After some 18 months of planning and careful transition, Air Force Materiel Command officials are ready to declare initial operational capability of AFMC’s 5-Center reorganization Oct. 1. In early July, the command began activating its new centers and consolidating others as it transitioned from operating with 12 centers to…

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Air Force News – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

First F-35 training commander: ‘This jet is our future’ Five months of flying the Air Force’s newest fighter jet has left one Airman convinced of the aircraft’s substantial combat capability. Lt. Col. Lee Kloos is the commander of the 58th Fighter Squadron, the Defense Department’s first F-35 Lightning II training squadron, located at Eglin Air…

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Emergency mass notification system saves lives

Posted  October 5, 2012

What do you do when you’re on base and severe weather is fast approaching or a gunman has started randomly shooting people on base? The installation command post will warn and provide instructions simultaneously to all government computers, telephones, building public address systems, the outside ‘giant voice’ public address system and social media. Each base…

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Fire prevention is everyone’s job

Posted  October 5, 2012

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 through 12and is designed to raise awareness of fire prevention and will focus on having two ways out during a fire. Fire prevention week began in 1920 when President Woodrow Wilson declared Oct. 9 as National Fire Prevention Day. The day was chosen because of its historic significance….

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Success guru shares secret to peak performance

Posted  October 5, 2012

We are familiar with stories of people who overcame what seemed like impossible odds and made it to the top.

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Salutes & Awards

Captain selects announced

Posted  October 5, 2012

The following first lieutenants have been selected for promotion to captain: 56th Fighter Wing Ryan Decamp 56th Operations Group Chad Haring and Francisco Torres 62nd Fighter Squadron Justin Bellamy, Christopher Cady, Brad Hunt and Derek Kirkwood 308th FS Kyle Davis, Evan Farren, Michelle Hamland, Matt Martenson, Nathan McCaskey, Bryan Mussler, Houston Pye, Tim Six, William…

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In Brief – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Small business briefing A small business administration briefing is 1 p.m. today at the Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1113. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (623) 856-6550. AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the…

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