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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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CSAF reading list worthwhile

Posted  December 7, 2012

Truth be told, it took me a few years of active-duty service before I fully realized what the “Chief of Staff Reading List” entailed. Like many, I heard the term thrown around, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized it was a relatively short list of books recommended each year by…

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Learning to lead comes from observing good, bad styles

Posted  December 7, 2012

One day, one of my Airmen asked me a question, “How do you know how to lead?” This simple question really made me think. Let me frame this from my perspective.....

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Viper 30-year belle of ball at Luke

Posted  December 7, 2012

It was a Monday morning 30 years ago thursday when Col. Malcom Bolton, 58th Tactical Training Wing commander, stepped into a moment in history as he prepared to take off in the first permanently assigned F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base.

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Sports Shorts – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Medical Group softball team defeated the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 14-7 during the intramural softball championship Dec. 6, topping this week's sports news

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Air Force announces awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

The following individual received an Air Force award: Secretary of the Air Force Special Achievement Small business: Gabriel McKenna-Groves, 56th Contracting Squadron AETC names 2012 winners The following individuals and units received an Air Education and Training Command award: 56th Force Support Squadron Family child care program Golf program Library program 56th Contracting Squadron Installation…

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Luke Air Force Base road closures

Posted  December 14, 2012

To prepare for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base, construction will begin Dec. 22 on the F-35 academic training center. All affected buildings will be accessible via alternate routes as shown in the map. • Fighter Country north of Mustang to south of Phantom • Mustang from Fighter Country to 141st…

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Pseudo shooter rampages gym

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Crown Talon 1206 exercise at Luke Air Force Base was an Air Education and Training Command facilitated active-shooter exercise designed to test Luke AFB’s response.

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Holiday hours

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Force Support Squadron organizations holiday hours of operation and closures are: Arts & Crafts Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2013 Auto Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23, 30, 31 and Jan. 1 Wood Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 Outdoor Recreation closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 Falcon Dunes Golf…

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted  December 14, 2012

On DVD: ‘Starship Troopers: Invasion’ It’s never fun being a fan of a series that constantly disappoints, as I’m sure most fans of the “Starship Trooper” films will confess. Now to handle the inevitable questions about the use of “film” in a plural sense, yes there have been direct-to-DVD sequels to the 1997 original and…

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Luke puts on happy holidays

Posted  December 14, 2012

This year's Holiday Magic included a petting zoo, bouncy house, gift bazaar, rock climbing, hay rides, snow and more.

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