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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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Live fire training

Posted  November 30, 2012

  The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters drive the P-23 apparatus fire truck to use large quantities of water on the simulated burning aircraft during the fire training exercise Oct. 30 at the Luke Air Force Base fire training grounds. The P-23 apparatus put out the fire from 175 feet away.   The 56th Civil…

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Fly Over: ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2’

Posted  November 30, 2012

In Theaters: ‘Cloud Atlas’ I haven’t read David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas.” However, from what I’ve heard it wouldn’t have left me any less dumbfounded than I felt after watching the film adaptation. Directors the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) or rather siblings Lana and Andy teamed up with Tom Tykwer and tried mightily to…

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56th Civil Engineer Squadron bivouac training

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron embarked on a journey Nov. 7 and 8 to Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona to participate in bivouac training, preparing them for real deployments.

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Chaplain thoughts – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

“Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” ~ William Feather Are you an optimist or a pessimist? I hope and pray you are an optimist … and a planner as well. Rainy days will certainly come (maybe you’re even having one now, maybe it even feels like…

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Diet, exercise takes diabetic to living medication-free

Posted  November 30, 2012

George Varrato, real estate agent specializing in military home loans and sales, has helped service members for years with real estate needs. Four months ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Varrato said diabetes runs in his family. His mother and sister both had it, so he believed he could develop it as well….

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Base tax center seeks volunteers for 2013 tax season

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Tax Center will open its doors to file returns for the Luke Air Force Base community Jan. 14, 2013. Last year, the tax center filed more than 1,800 federal and state returns, saving the Luke community over $300,000. To offer this service once again, the tax center requires the support…

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People First – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 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. Woof! “Major”…

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Air Force News – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first…

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Street Beat – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 9 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 15 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 545. There were no injuries. Nov. 19: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at…

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New info out on requesting Citibank credit balance refunds

Posted  November 30, 2012

With GTC and CSA accounts merged back under the GTC program, requesting an eligible credit balance refund from Citibank when an account has been overpaid requires several things to think about. Remember … split disbursement is no longer required for 100 percent of travel voucher reimbursement. A traveler should calculate expenses charged to the GTC…

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