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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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Justice Report

Posted  May 16, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for April: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • An airman received an Article 15 for damaging government property valued at more than $500. The member received forfeiture of $250 pay per month for two months, 14 days restriction and a reprimand….

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Street Beat

Posted  May 16, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 6 through 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 1113 parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses May 7: Security…

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Fly Over: ‘American Horror Story – Season One’, and ‘Childish Gambino presents: Because the Internet’

Posted  May 16, 2014

On FX and Netflix: American Horror Story – Season One American Horror Story, created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, is considered an anthology series featured on the FX channel. The series features Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe and Zachary Quinto, just to name a few. As the series expands beyond the first season,…

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Are you ready for Arizona’s Summer Heat?

Posted  May 16, 2014

Heat killed 139 people in Arizona in 2013. The best way to reduce that number is to be prepared. A new report, “The Trend in Morbidity and Mortality from Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat in Arizona,” shows heat is linked to an average of 118 deaths every year since 2000. It also shows that men…

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Luke exchange offers protective gear for bikers

Posted  May 16, 2014

According to NBC 4 in Washington, 20 percent of Soldiers and six percent of Airmen ride motorcycles. The Defense Department states the number of motorcycle riders among military members is expected to rise in 2014. As a partner in readiness, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is committed to providing a wide selection of…

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Sports Shorts – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

COMM dominates FWSA in intramural softball game Christopher Gilbert, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes a swing at the ball during an intramural softball game against 56th Communication Squadron May 6 at Luke Air Force Base. COMM defeated the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies team 15-1.   Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron, playing for the 56th…

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Police week shines light on ‘cops’

Posted  May 9, 2014

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Airmen of the 56th Security Forces Squadron salute the flag as the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard perform retreat May 16, 2013, during the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. It will be performed again this year at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Every year police departments…

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Advancing CAF through storytellers

Posted  May 9, 2014

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness is a key talking point in most speeches you hear from Air Force leadership. This concept has been introduced in formal training and many of our younger Airmen are very familiar with it. The purpose of this article is to introduce CAF and discuss how storytellers can help advance CAF at Luke…

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Do you really know your people?

Posted  May 9, 2014

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and every time you’ll get a different answer. When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important is their ability to effectively communicate with…

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Teens learn to say ‘No’ to booze

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Sonja Raciti, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program manager, gives Josh Anane, 14, son of Master Sgt. Fred Anane, 56th Maintenance Group wing plans, scheduling and documentation superintendent, guidance on which cone to walk to April 25 at the 56th Force…

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