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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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62nd FS, family help feed homeless

Posted  December 21, 2012

While many people may have been preparing for the holidays, 20 Airmen and family members from the 62nd Fighter Squadron helped feed the homeless Dec. 19 and 20 at the André House of Hospitality in Phoenix. “Since it was the holiday season, I thought it would be nice to find a local soup kitchen in…

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Chaplain thoughts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” ~ Mother Theresa How do you give hope to others? What actions do you take that instills hope in the people around you? During the business and “busy-ness” of the holidays,…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  December 21, 2012

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Maj. Steven Fargo, 56th Training Squadron instructor, shows Kordell Wilcox, 13, the air intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 14 during Pilot for a Day at Luke Air Force Base.

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Firefighters rely on good nutrition

Posted  December 21, 2012

Most would think the highest risk for firefighters would be fire related. However, that’s not the case. “The number one killer of firefighters is heart disease,” said Marty Yates, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron health assistant chief and safety officer. “Proper nutrition, cardio, strengthening and rest can help lower the risk.” Aaron Anderson, 56th Aerospace Medicine…

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ALS graduates 53 Airmen in class 13-1

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 52 senior airmen Dec. 13 from class 13-1. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Christopher Williamson, 56th Contracting Squadron Distinguished graduates: Kassandra Parot, 56th Force Support Squadron; Christopher Pearce, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Alfredo…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 21, 2012

Airman 1st Class Sharonda Walker: 56th Fighter Wing Command Post Emergency actions controller Hometown: Meridian, Miss. Years in service: One Family: Husband and 2-month-old son Education: Pursued an accounting degree from Alcorn State University, Miss. Previous assignments: Air National Guard, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field, Miss. Inspirations: Mother, husband and an older sister Goals:…

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Leadership: Matter of ABCs

Posted  December 21, 2012

Leadership, depending on who you ask, can have many definitions. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leadership as: “1. the office or position of a leader; 2. capacity to lead; and 3. the act or an instance of leading.” Wikipedia defines leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal.” In a military environment, these…

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Life experience leaves lasting impression

Posted  December 21, 2012

Easter vacation had begun, I had a good 6th grade term report card in hand and my mind was filled with multiple ideas of how I would use the forthcoming week of freedom as I walked home from school. Mom had told me she would be off doing errands, and I was to come straight…

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Thunderbirds headline 2013 open house

Posted  December 21, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will join Luke Air Force Base March 16 and 17 for Luke’s biennial open house and air show. Performing alongside the Thunderbirds in the air show lineup thus far include an F-16 close air support demonstration and a Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier demonstration, among others. Previous…

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Ducks train in high desert

Posted  December 21, 2012

One Luke Air Force Base fighter squadron spent last week in a cold, unforgiving high desert environment doing training with remote piloted aircraft, F-22s and German Tornadoes. The 309th Fighter Squadron might not have actually been cold, but they did spend Dec. 7 through 14 flying and training in the 5,000′ elevation high desert of…

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