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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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Street Beat – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 18 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and nine nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 18: Security forces responded to a major vehicle accident at Super Saber Street and 143rd Avenue. An individual had minor injuries but declined medical treatment. Jan. 24:…

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People First – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF to…

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Justice Report

Posted  February 1, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions for December 2012: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial An airman was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice. The member received a sentence of confinement for 19 days, reduction to E-1 and forfeiture…

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Teens don’t always recognize dating violence

Posted  February 1, 2013

Though the consequences of dating violence are serious and the need for safety and support may be clear to adults, it is often difficult for young people to recognize and respond to abuse within their intimate relationships. Recognizing that the person you love, who professes to love you, is controlling, abusive or violent may be…

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Fore …

Posted  February 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Kevin Hurley, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, tees off during the February African American Heritage Month golf tournament. The tournament was a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. The money raised from the tournament went to support AAHM activities throughout the month.

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Lower risk for heart disease

Posted  February 1, 2013

One out of every four women dies from heart disease in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It’s the top killer of U.S. women and men. Heart disease begins with damage to the lining inside the heart’s arteries. Certain factors contribute to this damage, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood…

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Salutes & Awards

AF, AETC name annual winners

Posted  February 1, 2013

Air Force The following individuals or units are 2012 Air Force award winners: Aircraft maintenance effectiveness 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Air Education and Training Command The following individuals or units are 2012 AETC award winners: Maintenance Daedalian 56th Fighter Wing Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Munitions/missile…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 1, 2013

<h3Staff Sgt. Haley Mestey 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace Medical Craftsman Hometown: Decatur, Ill. Years in service: Six Family: Husband, Jose; and son, Adrian Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Florida Previous assignments: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Inspirations: 2nd Lt. Kelly Sampson (previously Staff Sgt. Sampson) showed me…

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Local Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Military Officers Association of America Luke Chapter will hold the monthly meeting Feb. 14 at Club Five-Six. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and “The Arizona Trio” at 7 p.m. Active-duty, retired, warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and…

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Personal trainers ready, waiting to give extra push

Posted  February 1, 2013

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during a workout at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. Johnson is one of two personal trainers available at the Bryant Fitness Center who train military members, dependents and retirees. For more information or to schedule an appointment with…

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