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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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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Posted  July 18, 2014

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.

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Street Beat

Posted  July 18, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 13: An active-duty member was arrested for extreme DUI and hit and run on Litchfield and Greenway roads. Surprise police notified SFS the individual’s blood alcohol level was unknown and…

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Fly Over: ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ and ‘Return of the Living Dead’

Posted  July 18, 2014

On DVD: ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ It’s not every day you find a movie that is just as good as the book it’s made. With “Memoirs of a Geisha,” fans of the original novel and first-time viewers will not be disappointed. Having watched the movie first, I was surprised how much the original “Memoirs of…

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Go north to discover Bearizona

Posted  July 18, 2014

White Bison roam in an open meadow. Bearizona’s mission is to promote conservation through memorable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in their natural habitat.   Address: Bearizona, 1500 E. Route 66 Williams, Ariz. 86046   The American burro is just one of many animals found at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams. Visitors…

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Justice Report

Posted  July 18, 2014

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for June: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for the use of marijuana. The member received a reduction to the rank to senior airman, suspended forfeiture of $1,213 pay per month for…

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Sports Shorts – July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 2014

Basketball camp teaches more than game Story and photo by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Kids hustle to catch a rebound during a rebound training exercise July 10 at the Tom Kuyper Summer Basketball Camp at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. Children participated in the annual Tom Kuyper Summer Basketball Camp…

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Bronze Star goes to Luke Airman for actions in Afghanistan

Posted  July 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Master Sgt. Nathan La Rue, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions conventional maintenance NCO in charge, poses with his daughter, Hailey Brianne La Rue, 4, after pinning his Bronze Star Medal on her for “safe keeping.” La Rue’s actions during his Afghanistan deployment earned him the medal which was presented June 18…

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Construction, ongoing condition at Luke AFB

Posted  July 11, 2014

When road construction takes place on Luke Air Force Base, there’s a lot of planning and preparation that happens before the millions of dollars of construction work can begin. Posturing projects for construction at appropriate days and times takes a lot of communication and coordination. Proper use of funding drives the execution of construction projects,…

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Adaptability a ‘must’ in today’s Air Force

Posted  July 11, 2014

Three years ago, I entered the Air Force as a general dentist. After completing four challenging years of dental school, I was eager to serve in the Air Force and use my newly developed skills to provide quality care to Airmen. What I quickly came to realize was the misconception that dentistry would be my…

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Military life requires balancing act

Posted  July 11, 2014

Answering the call to duty and being in the military is no easy task. Many sacrifice so much serving our country. This all goes hand-in-hand with the core value of “service before self.” I think we could all agree the biggest sacrifice made is the time taken away from family, friends and personal time. It…

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