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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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Red Ribbon Week approaches

Posted  October 19, 2012

On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, Calif., wore red ribbons in his honor. This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the…

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MilPDS upgrade on schedule for December

Posted  October 19, 2012

During December, the Air Force Personnel Center will be required to comply with Defense Department regulations by upgrading the Military Personnel Data System and transferring it into the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center. This upgrade and migration will require MilPDS unavailability beginning Dec. 3 for approximately 23 days. As with any upgrade,…

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Chapel opens door to free festival for Luke community

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel will hold the 39th annual Hallelujah Night Fall Festival.

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Qualified disabled make contribution in work place

Posted  October 19, 2012

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In observance of the month, the NDEAM committee is featuring a luncheon Oct. 26 at Club Five Six. The observance dates back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week of October in each year National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, according to Tech. Sgt….

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Men, cars get ‘once over’ at expo

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Medical Group sponsored the latest Men's Health event which featured a car show, health screenings, demonstrations and rides.

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People First – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF facilities…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.” ~ Henry Kissinger I often meet people who say they have no direction in life; that they feel like they are only existing … only going through the motions. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans…

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Street Beat – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 5 through Oct. 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct.10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Super Sabre Street and Johnson Lane. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Oct. 11:…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 19, 2012

The engines roared overhead as an F-35A fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for the test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane.

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AFSO21 saved 56th FW big $$

Posted  October 19, 2012

An Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century Excess Inventory Redistribution/6S event was held at Luke Air Force Base. It helped members of the Luke Air Force Base weapons back shop organize needed on-hand supplies and identify excess inventory that will eventually be redistributed across the base. This single event is one of many…

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