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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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Medical ‘No shows’ hurt mission, affect everyone

Posted  April 3, 2015

The 56th Medical Group provides medical care to more than 90,000 active-duty members, retirees and their families in the immediate area. Some people miss scheduled appointments and don’t think it affects anyone, but it takes a huge chunk of resources from MDG. Patients that fail to show up for their medical appointments cost real time…

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Fly Over: ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘Living on One Dollar′

Posted  April 3, 2015

On NBC: ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ “Mama said, knock you out!” ~ LL Cool J I cannot begin this review without providing a bit of background, so hopefully you are OK with getting to know me a little. I am a 35-year-old staff sergeant who joined the Air Force at the old age…

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Military business pros partake in exercise

Posted  April 3, 2015

Three teams of military business professionals embarked on a deployment exercise to enhance their contingency contracting capabilities in the first week of March. Airmen of the 56th Contracting Squadron developed their own contingency exercise to respond to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant threat in Syria.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 3, 2015

Courtesy graphic “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” ~ Saint Francis of Assisi This sentence reminds us of the simple truth that actions speak louder than words. Most people do not consider themselves to be preachers of any sort. Yet all of us have a sort of pulpit or platform…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 3, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the follow situations March 23 through 29 Tickets Security forces issued citations for 20 moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 25: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. There were no injuries. March 25: Security…

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Sports Shorts – April 3, 2014

Posted  April 3, 2015

Deshawn Scott, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Support Squadron wide receiver, avoids defenders March 23 during an intramural football game against the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. Scott finished the game with three interceptions. Det. 12 remains undefeated, CMS casualty Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public…

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Chief of staff visits Luke

Posted  March 27, 2015

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also reviewed the progress made in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training program at Luke….

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Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

Posted  March 27, 2015

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a…

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Have you joined the Air Force yet?

Posted  March 27, 2015

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have…

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Prevention training goes face-to-face

Posted  March 27, 2015

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Prevention training March 4 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The face-to-face training replaced the computer-based training beginning Feb. 11. The World Health Organization reports…

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