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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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Fly Over: Sala Thai and ‘Home′

Posted  April 10, 2015

Sala Thai Where does one go in the West Valley when the craving for exotic Asian food strikes, but Chinese super buffets won’t cut it anymore? Since my wife and I moved to Phoenix two years ago, I noticed more and more people are turning to Thai restaurants to get their Asian food fix and…

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ALS looks over OSS’s shoulder

Posted  April 10, 2015

Paul Bays, 56th OSS terminal instrument procedures specialist, talks to students from the ALS about how TERPS come into play when guiding an aircraft to a safe landing.   Senior Airman Thomas Mabry, 56th OSS Air Traffic Control, demonstrates to ALS students how ATC guides planes at the radar approach control. The students listened in…

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This week in history

Posted  April 10, 2015

Too little, too late: The Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter Courtesy photo Seventy years ago this week, the German Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe, or Swallow in English, had great success against allied bombers. On April 10, 1945, near Berlin, Germany, approximately 60 Me-262s attacked American bomber formations and shot down 10 bombers. That was the biggest loss of…

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Sports Shorts – April 10, 2014

Posted  April 10, 2015

Fit Airmen make ready deployers Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr. First Lt. Tanner Lee, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs pull-ups Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. The Bryant Fitness Center is offering Tactical Fitness Classes geared toward building well-rounded Airman athletes by using high intensity exercises. Comprehensive Airman Fitness consists of…

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Aussie F-35 leaders visit base

Posted  April 3, 2015

Airman Pedro Mota FROM LEFT: Retired Royal Australian Air Vice-Marshal John Quaife, airworthiness board representative, Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Australian squadron leader, and Royal Australian Air Vice-Marshal Chris Deeble, joint strike fighter program manager, tour the 61st AMU and hangar Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Deeble and Quaife met with Col….

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Safeguard social media, protect your information

Posted  April 3, 2015

Social media can be a great tool for military members; it helps to keep in touch with friends, family and loved ones, even when far away from home. However, if the proper precautions aren’t taken into consideration, information on social media pages can be used against service members. On March 21, a group claiming association…

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Explaining why to Generation Y

Posted  April 3, 2015

Who makes up Generation Y? They are the millennials, anyone born in the 90s, your kids, and our young Airmen. They are uniquely connected to each other and the world around them. They grew up with a computer in their house and now have more information at their fingertips than any previous generation. They don’t…

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LEAD offers new programs to develop Airmen

Posted  April 3, 2015

Leaders Empowering Airmen’s Decisions Council has undergone a transition in its scope and operation. We are excited to offer some new programs for Airmen to gain exposure and develop. Some of these programs are just getting started, and we need your help to make them a success. The first opportunity is the shadowing program. This…

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month under way

Posted  April 3, 2015

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Evelyn Perez, 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Resource Center assistant, speaks with first-term Airmen March 24 at the SARC office about sexual assault and bystander intervention at Luke Air Force Base. The SARC office develops policies and programs that address sexual assault prevention, education, accountability, victim assistance and assessment efforts of the…

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News Briefs April 3, 2015

Posted  April 3, 2015

Musical revue auditions The Luke Experience is holding auditions at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the base theater for a Broadway musical revue. Ages 14 and up are required to audition with a song, duet or group number that they would like to perform. The song does not yet need to be memorized. We…

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