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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  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Steven Jones 56th Training Squadron Air Education and Training Command Formal Training Instructor – Weapons Director Hometown: Fresno, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Lindsey Education: Community College of the Air Force air and space operations technology and instructor of technology and military science Previous assignments: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho…

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News Briefs: February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

MiCARE Luke Air Force Base outpatient clinic will soon start using MiCARE to communicate with patients assigned to primary care managers through a confidential secure online email messaging service called MiCare. To register, complete a MiCare registration form within the next two months. Adults must register in person. For pediatric patients, a parent must complete…

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Health & Safety

Weather keeps lives, resources safe

Posted  February 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Jerry Conley, 56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight forecaster, checks forecasts of the local area Feb. 12 at the base operations building on Luke Air Force Base. The weather section helps keep Luke’s pilots safe by providing up-to-date information about the weather and potential hazards that may occur….

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Exceeding standards, expectations must be daily goal

Posted  February 22, 2013

Every Airman’s ability to go above and beyond what’s expected of him begins long before joining the U.S. Air Force. Along the way, we do it for spouses, family, friends, supervisors, community and maybe even ourselves. But is it done rarely, occasionally or often? Whatever the answer, as Airmen we now must challenge ourselves to…

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Trip reduction survey gauges success

Posted  February 22, 2013

Maricopa County Air Quality Department recently sent out the annual trip reduction survey and Luke Air Force Base is within the area affected by the survey. The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the State of Arizona’s response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One…

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Pronghorn continue to thrive

Posted  February 22, 2013

Aaron Alvidrez Dan Garcia, 56th Range Management Office En­vironmental Sciences chief, holds the head of a pronghorn while the marking and veterinary team members process it for relocation. An estimated 85 percent of the U.S. population of Sonoran pronghorn died during a severe drought in 2001 and 2002. They inhabit the Barry M. Goldwater Range,…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Flag football all-stars get challenged   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Morgan Gore, 56th Communications Squadron, runs backwards toward the end of the cone during the flag football all-star quarterback challenge Feb. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Gore completed the drill in 21 seconds.   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams…

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Vet shares thoughts on black history

Posted  March 1, 2013

African-American Heritage Month just concluded, and as I reflect on the event some thoughts have come to mind. Why do we celebrate Black History Month is a question that you might get from younger Airmen and NCOs. As a leader I thought I would give you at least my perspective on the value of a…

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POL gasses up F-16s

Posted  March 1, 2013

Every day, Airmen across Luke Air Force Base get their hands dirty to get the mission accomplished. One of the dirtiest jobs on base may be in the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Flight.

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Exchange store manager lends helping hand in Afghanistan

Posted  March 1, 2013

DALLAS — Putting in 14-hour workdays seven days a week in a combat zone would be enough excitement for most people. But Army & Air Force Exchange Service store manager Maria Schizas-Price wanted to do more. So she volunteered with a local Navy detachment to reach out to the local community near her base in…

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