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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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This week in history

Posted  August 22, 2014

The WASPs helped America win World War II by freeing men to fly in combat. Now that women fill all roles in our military, it is hard to imagine that time when the nation only allowed men to fight. Because of that attitude, the WASP had a rocky start and an abrupt end.

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Exercise Exercise Exercise: Active shooter on base

Posted  August 22, 2014

The City of Goodyear, Glendale, El Mirage and Surprise fire departments, the Professional Medical Transport Ambulance Service, and the South Ambulance Service worked together with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services during an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Cooperating with other agencies prepares Luke and the surrounding communities for treating…

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Justice Report

Posted  August 22, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in July. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-Martial • A staff sergeant was court-martialed for wrongful use of methamphetamine, wrongful use of cocaine, and wrongful distribution of cocaine. The member received a reduction to airman basic, forfeiture of $700 pay per month for…

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Fly Over: Haus Murphy’s Authentic Bavarian food in Glendale’s historic district and ‘Stonewords: A Ghost Story’

Posted  August 22, 2014

Haus Murphy’s Authentic Bavarian food in Glendale’s historic district The West Valley landscape is dotted with fast food franchises, Mexican restaurants and Chinese super buffets, so it’s a rare treat to find a local restaurant offering another country’s cuisine that does it well. I’m referring to Haus Murphy’s, located at 5739 W. Glendale Ave. Owners…

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Chiseled muscles compete

Posted  August 22, 2014

Competitors take the stage Saturday in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center 7th Annual Bodybuilding and Figure Competition. Jessie Keller, sixth from the left, won the figure tall portion, while Barbara Anderson, fifth competitor from the right, won the figure short portion of the competition.   Anthony Smith presents 1st place overall winner,…

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Street Beat

Posted  August 22, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 11 through 17: Tickets Security forces issues citations for 24 moving violations and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 13: Security forces responded to a report of a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Litchfield Road and Lightning Street. The motorcycle rider was transported by…

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Sports Shorts – August 22, 2014

Posted  August 22, 2014

MDG stuns CES in B-ball championship win Senior Airman Grace Lee Kyle Smith, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, scores Aug. 11 during the intramural basketball championship game against 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. MDG defeated CE 53-36. by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th…

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Ramping up …

Posted  August 15, 2014

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.

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Contract signed to improve base for years to come

Posted  August 15, 2014

Being the largest fighter wing in the Air Force has its costs. Everything from school quality, the local economy, crime rates, traffic and climate, to on-base amenities, such as commissaries, are assessed to determine the best Air Force bases in the US. In order to keep the living standards high for all Airmen at Luke…

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Knocking it out of park means excellence

Posted  August 15, 2014

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of…

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