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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 30, 2014

Airman 1st Class Jose Rojas Diaz 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander’s support staff Hometown: Bullhead City, Arizona Years in service: One Family: Father, Francisco; mother, Marcelina; sister, Marilyn; and brother, David Education: Pursuing a computer science degree at Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: My father has always been my support and a role model of…

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607th Air Control Squadron trains eyes in sky

Posted  May 30, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airmen 1st Class Alyssa Boone and Staff Sgt. Troy Wagner, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport system technicians, reconfigure a tactical air operations module on the equipment pad on Luke Air Force Base. Tactical air operations modules provide command and control battle management specialist the equipment to plan, direct, and control…

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WWII veteran shares story

Posted  May 30, 2014

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower, 26th Cavalry Regiment air mechanic, is assisted by Debra Bergbower, his daughter, during a visit to Focus 56 as guest speaker May 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Bergbower spoke about his time in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, and his experience during World…

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Air Force News – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Louisiana The Air Force Global Strike Command validated the command’s ability to support its conventional and nuclear missions while simultaneously participating in two exercises May 12 through 20. As a service component to U.S. Strategic Command, AFGSC participated in Global Lightning and Constant Vigilance. To improve their combat readiness to use strategic capabilities to deter,…

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McChord, Luke civil engineers help Hickam save $1.5M

Posted  May 30, 2014

MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. — Reserve Civil Engineers converged at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for training that helped the Air Force save $1.5 million in repair costs in process. About 40 reservists from the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, McChord Field, Washington, and the 944th CES, Luke Air Force Base, have been working to relieve the…

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People First – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

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. Risk management…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 30, 2014

Beginning July 1, Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance will increase. The SGLI premium rate will increase from the current level of 6.5 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage to 7 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage. This will increase the premium for Airmen with the maximum coverage of $400,000, for example, from $26 to…

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Mini Thunderbolts build bikes

Posted  May 30, 2014

It’s an exciting moment, seeing children’s faces full of joy and anticipation as they wait to start building a new bicycle.

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This Week in History

Posted  May 30, 2014

Courtesy photo Remains of an enemy ammunition train after a P-47 strafing attack at Compiegne, France. May 21, 1944: Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO The 56th Fighter Group was taking part in Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO 70 years ago this week. The Allied Air Forces operation began on May 21, 1944. It was part of the larger transportation…

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310th AMU: Keeping the Tophats ‘Bad to the Bone’

Posted  May 30, 2014

It takes a lot of work to keep an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying, and it takes a lot of people to keep the seven fighter squadrons at Luke Air Force Base mission-ready.

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