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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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Wheels in sky keep turning

Posted  June 20, 2014

The 56th Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Wheel and Tire shop has recently taken on the task of tire maintenance for the new F-35 Lightning II jet.

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Free Capt America stars at base exchange

Posted  June 20, 2014

Once again, the United States must rely on patriotic Super Hero Captain America and his allies to save the country from impending doom in the latest military-exclusive comic book from Marvel, available for free only at Army & Air Force Exchange Service locations worldwide. Written by William Harms with art by Tom Grummett, “Divide and…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 20, 2014

“In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. Are you going to fail forward or backward?” ~ John Maxwell How are you doing at failing forward? What, you’ve never failed? Just wait, you will fail at something at some time. It’s part…

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Fly Over: ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Posted  June 20, 2014

In theaters: ‘Maleficent’ “Maleficent” was developed by Brad Pitt and is based on Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” but with a twist. Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, tells the story from her point of view. She does not begin as mistress of all evil but a loving fairy who cares for all the creatures in the Moors….

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Splish splash, Silver Wings pool is back!

Posted  June 20, 2014

As the temperature rises and every day is marked by triple digit degrees, summer has declared its unofficial arrival and pools across Arizona are opening their doors to provide relief from the extreme heat.

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Justice Report

Posted  June 20, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for May: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 A senior airman received an Article 15 for drunken driving. The member received forfeiture of $500 pay per month for two months and a reprimand. A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for wrongful…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 20, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at South Gate. There were no injuries. Insurance information was exchanged. June 13: Security forces responded to a…

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Sports Shorts – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

FSS dominates first V-ball match of season Bridget Penton, 56th Force Support Squadron, returns a volley during a match with 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron June 9 at Luke Air Force Base. FSS won two out of three games to win the first match of the volleyball season. Story and photo by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter…

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309 FS stands down, piano goes up in flames

Posted  June 13, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA 1st Lt. Tucker Browne, 309th Fighter Squadron pilot, plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the burning piano. Engulfing a 100-year-old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze. The 309th Fighter Squadron invited Airmen from the 56th Operations Group to a…

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New Arms Race: STEM education ensures future force

Posted  June 13, 2014

Selecting a degree or training program is a major decision with far reaching impact. Reasons for pursuing certain degrees vary, from improving one’s current skill set to achieving long term goals. One’s decisions may be influenced by class availability or the goal of “checking a box.” However, as educational technology and funding has increased, Airmen…

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