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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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Local leaders ‘Aim High’ as honorary commanders

Posted  November 2, 2012

Airmen and local leaders gathered Oct. 26 at the Luke Air Force Base Club Five Six for the Honorary Commander induction ceremony. The 56th Fighter Wing Honorary Commander Program provides senior wing leaders and Luke Air Force Base a community outreach opportunity and expands the commander’s ability to foster relationships between local, civic and business…

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Sports Shorts – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

SFS wins 2 of 3 games, defeats OSS in volleyball   Felipe Herrera, 56th Operations Support Squadron, left, waits for the ball after Steve Albavera, 56th Security Forces Squadron, hits the ball over the net during the first intramural volleyball game at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. 56th Security Forces won…

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Base Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  November 9, 2012

A good program just got better as the Luke Air Force Base Exchange holiday layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. “Fee-free” means that while the Luke AFB Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways that amount…

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Well-baby doctor visits: important

Posted  November 9, 2012

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. A baby should have six well-child doctor visits during their first 15 months of life. These…

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Family fishing derby

Posted  November 9, 2012

                Mike Calhoun, civilian, and his grandson, Peyton Calhoun, 4, fish in the fishing derby Nov. 2 at Silver Wings Park.           Piper MacArthur, 4, daughter of Dave Pipes, civilian, pours mini candy pebbles into a container as Ava Gonzales, 4, daughter of Master…

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Fly Over: ‘Lolita’, ‘Revan’

Posted  November 9, 2012

In bookstores: ‘Lolita’ by Macario Mora I was raised differently than many of my privileged friends. When I was grounded for partaking in mischievous childhood adventures, I wasn’t denied certain paltry rights like TV or video games; I was denied my freedom. Instead of a slap on the wrist for punching a cat or terrorizing…

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Native American a tradition of warriors

Posted  November 9, 2012

Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa Throughout history Native Americans have fought for their country with honor and courage, starting with the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan they have served in all the nation’s wars and have demonstrated time and time again their commitment and their dedication to the nation. November is Native American Indian…

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Commissary grand reopening

Posted  November 9, 2012

Luke Air Force Base celebrated the grand re-opening of the commissary Nov. 1. The event featured live entertainment, special giveaways, and many other activities to keep the attendees entertained.

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Chaplain thoughts – November 9

Posted  November 9, 2012

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours.” ~ Wallace Bruce What do you think about on Veteran’s Day? Is it just another day off or do you truly make something special of it? Here are a couple of statistics to ponder. Only about 0.75 percent of the U.S….

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Adopt family for holidays

Posted  November 9, 2012

Operation Warm Heart, the Luke Air Force Base adopt-a-family or child program organized by Luke first sergeants, is one of the ways of taking care of Airmen in need during the holidays and is anonymous. Financially challenged families at Luke are identified to first sergeants and each is assigned a family number. Any person or…

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