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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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Air Force News – August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 2014

Kendall: F-35 rollout marks U.S. – Australia partnership milestone The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said July 24. Frank Kendall spoke during a ceremony held…

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People First – August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 2014

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. Military mail…

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Luke welcomes new MSG commander

Posted  August 1, 2014

The 56th Mission Support Group got a new leader July 24 as Col. Nathan Mooney relinquished command to Col. James Kossler during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base.

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Healthy fuel for back to school

Posted  August 1, 2014

Graphic illustration by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland At the pinnacle of summer, when children are swimming, sleeping in and catching up on their favorite video game or television program, the idea of staying active and eating healthy isn’t exactly a top priority. With August already upon us, school will soon begin for another year for…

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Mental health-seeking campaign rolls out

Posted  August 1, 2014

During war, battles are fought, faith is kept and we stand side by side to obtain victory, but the mental battle that can ensue after coming home can affect everyone, especially those closest to the person.

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Dental lab techs keep Airmen mission-ready

Posted  August 1, 2014

When one thinks of the 56th Dental Squadron one may think of dental assistants and dentists cleaning and performing fillings on teeth, but there is a section that is integral to the protection and health of many active-duty personnel’s teeth.

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  August 1, 2014

Courtesy photo Winston Churchill “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill Knowing when to speak and when to be silent is a challenging part of our lives. We have to be able to parse out the situation; we…

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Fly Over: ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘La Bamba’

Posted  August 1, 2014

‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ vs ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” features the wonderful Roddy McDowall reprising his role as Caesar/ Cornelius in the fifth and final chapter of the Planet of the Apes Saga. Ten years have passed since the apes, led by…

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Luke kids ‘Paws’ for balloon art fun

Posted  August 1, 2014

Children enact the “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” July 23 on Luke Air Force Base. The Paws For Reading summer reading program took place at the Luke AFB Library encouraging children to read more.   Arizona Rick uses an air blower to simulate the big bad wolf huffing and puffing during story…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 1, 2014

One hundred and five years ago, the U.S. Army tested and accepted its first heavier-than-air aircraft, Signal Corps Airplane No. 1.

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