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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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Pilots take plunge for survival

Posted  June 6, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Maj. Brendan Shannon, 309th Fighter Squadron director of operations, follows a parachute seam May 28 at Luke Air Force Base during annual Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. If a parachute lands on top of the pilot during a water landing, following the parachute seam will guide the pilot from beneath the…

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Are you up for the challenge?

Posted  June 6, 2014

We in the Air Force are facing challenging times as both individuals and organizations. We are in the middle of several force shaping efforts to trim nearly 25,000 Airmen from our ranks. I want to look at the trials facing many squadrons, groups and wings across the Air Force. Initially, these organizations were tasked with…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted  June 6, 2014

As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity in every aspect of life. The…

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Spikes, Ducks get ‘Lightning’ thought

Posted  June 6, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Tomekia Lamb, 62nd Fighter Squadron aviation resource management, checks pilot flight and training records May 28 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS will become the second F-35 training squadron at Luke. The Wild Ducks relinquished command, the Spikes are to become Wild Ducks, then the Spikes are coming…

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News Briefs June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Michael Hohn at 623-856-3218. Partial road closures Road construction will partially close 141st Avenue between Marauder and Eagle streets through June…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 6, 2014

Staff Sgt. Jack Price 56th Fighter Wing Command post controller Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Years in service: Nine Previous assignments: Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida Inspirations: My Father inspires me to think about the meaning of life and why we do what we do Greatest feat: As an aerial gunner…

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MDSS Airman expresses self through spoken-word poetry

Posted  June 6, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Christopher Malone, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, swabs a patient’s arm with alcohol as he prepares to draw her blood May 7 at the 56th Medical Group laboratory. Malone writes and performs spoken-word poetry, a modern form of poetry that is spoken using theatrical expression. “Roses…

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MSgt selects announced

Posted  June 6, 2014

The E-7 promotion list was released May 22. The following technical sergeants were selected for promotion to master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Andrew Henzel and Larry Littrell 56th Comptroller Squadron Adria Baker and Jeannine Wilson 56th Operations Support Squadron Marc Garcia and Timothy Lacey 56th Maintenance Group Cleveland Coley, Donald…

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Arizona Lemon Law: Squeeze most out of car

Posted  June 6, 2014

The Arizona Lemon Law protects the legal rights of motor vehicle purchasers who buy defective cars in Arizona. It mainly pertains to the purchase of new cars, but there are some provisions for used cars as well. Before going out and purchasing that car you’ve been eyeing for the past few months, familiarize yourself with…

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Repeal of DADT – what it means to me

Posted  June 6, 2014

June is LGBT History Month and is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. I’ve been in the Air Force for five years and have been openly gay in the military since the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2011. I came in the military without the thought of this…

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