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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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Fly Over: ‘Sala Thai’, and ‘Godzilla’

Posted  May 30, 2014

Eating out: Sala Thai Where does one go in the West Valley when the craving for exotic Asian food strikes and Chinese super buffets just don’t cut it anymore? Since my wife and I moved to Phoenix a year ago, I noticed more and more people turn to Thai restaurants to get their Asian food…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 30, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 12 through 19: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 13: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a fixed object in the Bldg. 1541 parking garage. The…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  May 30, 2014

Courtesy photo Denis Waitley “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley Where is it you find genuine happiness? How do you even define happiness? We have all heard the old saying “it’s not the destination, it’s…

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944th CES knocks it out of park

Posted  May 30, 2014

Last month, Airmen from the 944th Fighter Wing, temporarily said goodbye to the desert sun of Arizona and aloha to the tropical weather and beautiful scenery of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

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Sports Shorts – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Luke opens courts to AF women’s volleyball team Story and photos by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Amber Coley, 4th Medical Group and member of the Air Force Women’s Volleyball Team, practices in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center May 15. After selective tryouts, women of different ranks came together May…

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Wheelchair racing becomes Marine’s passion

Posted  May 16, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Marine Cpl. Ivan Sears races around the track May 8 at Luke Air Force Base where he trained during the Paralympics Desert Challenge in Mesa. Sears is a fourth generation Marine, who, after being injured in 2010, became a silver and gold medal winner during the Wounded Warrior Games. For more photos…

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ACF path to total well being

Posted  May 16, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.” Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. Their goal this year is to communicate across America that mental wellness is central to…

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Leadership: Develop your style

Posted  May 16, 2014

We all may have heard the saying, “Lead from the front and not from a chair.” We are familiar with those supervisors who stand out on the front lines, leading the way, and sometimes we work to fit that specific mold. However, we must take the time to develop a leadership style that best suits…

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News Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. May 30 in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. May 30 in…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 16, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Bret Toliver 56th Dental Squadron Dental Laboratory NCO in charge Hometown: Glendale, Arizona Years in service: 14 Education: Community College of the Air Force in avionics systems technology and dental laboratory Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My wife who accomplishes anything she puts her mind…

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