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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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Copying military identification cards prohibited by law

Posted  March 26, 2012

Has anyone ever requested a photocopy of your military photo identification card? Did you know that photocopying any type of federal government ID card may be prohibited by law under TITLE 18 U.S.C. § 701: U.S. Code. The law states: “Whoever manufactures, sells or possesses any badge, identification card or other insignia of the design…

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Fly Over: Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty

Posted  May 18, 2012

Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty! While it looks more like a trendy Manhattan martini bar than a burger joint its offerings are definitely tailored toward burger blue bloods. The restaurant is located in Peoria in the Park West shopping center at the corner of 99th Ave. and Northern, directly across from…

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sergeant Roger Tremblay 56th Training Squadron/OLB NCOIC of Weapons and Tactics Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Savanna; Daughters, Ansley and Emery Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle…

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Fly Over: ‘Blue Valentine’

Posted  June 8, 2012

If you’re a newlywed in the throes of a blissfully romantic honeymoon phase, optimistic about finding your soul mate amongst the billions populating planet Earth, in the process of courting a potential significant other or simply a romantic at heart who still clings to the notion that finding ever-lasting love is somehow more likely than…

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56th CONS civilian salutes military father’s lessons

Posted  June 15, 2012

When I was a senior in high school, my father served as the Hill Air Force Base commander. Understandably, the unwelcomed public scrutiny of a teenager’s life that occurs when your father is the base commander naturally created tension at times. As my father approaches his 80th birthday though, my reflection on that period provides…

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Program enables disabled to serve on base

Posted  August 17, 2012

With the economy struggling, it’s competitive enough for those without a disability to find a job. Fortunately, there is a program available that helps nonprofit organizations hire disabled workers....

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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Baby needs new shoes

Posted  March 26, 2012

Retired Senior Master Sgt. George Casillas throws the dice March 16 during a game of craps at casino night at Club Five Six. Casino night is held a few times a year and offers games such as craps, black jack, Texas hold ‘em and roulette. Prizes ranged from $50 gift cards to a TV.

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I scream, you scream …

Posted  March 26, 2012

Jake Alefosio, 3, son of 1st Lt. Jeremiah Alefosio, 56th Logistic Readiness Squadron, holds a bag of ice cream mixture over his head during an ice cream making event March 16 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. The Hearts Apart program sponsored the event, which provides free services for family…

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Air Force Assistance Fund campaign launches Monday

Posted  March 26, 2012

The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs Monday through May 4 at Luke Air Force Base­­­­­­­­­­­. The annual campaign collects donations to support the Air Force Aid Society’s various charitable programs. The AFAS assisted more than 40,000 Air Force members and their families in 2011 with almost $18 million in assistance. The sudden need…

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