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Veterans

VA helps service members prepare for separation, job market

Posted August 22, 2014 by 56th FSS A&FRC

The Department of Veterans Affairs new VA Benefits I and II briefings are now available at Luke Air Force Base as part of the revamped Transition Assistance Program. The goal of the redesigned TAP, now known as Transition GPS, is to provide transitioning service members with a set of value-added, individually tailored training programs and…

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Local

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted August 22, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Kittle

“When I approach a child, he inspires me in two ways; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.” – Louis Pasteur French chemist The new school year has begun. (I can almost hear the cheers of many parents!) Instead of a sigh of relief, now is the time to focus…

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Health & Safety

Why do they call it wisdom?

Posted August 22, 2014 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Capt. David Raper, 56th Dental Squadron dentist, performs a wisdom tooth extraction Aug. 13 in the dental clinic at Luke Air Force Base. Wisdom teeth are removed for reasons including infection, decay and cysts. The 56th DS provides active-duty members comprehensive dental care while supporting the readiness of the 56th Fighter Wing to respond to…

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Air Force

Ramping up …

Posted August 15, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.

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Local

Contract signed to improve base for years to come

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Being the largest fighter wing in the Air Force has its costs. Everything from school quality, the local economy, crime rates, traffic and climate, to on-base amenities, such as commissaries, are assessed to determine the best Air Force bases in the US. In order to keep the living standards high for all Airmen at Luke…

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Commentary

Knocking it out of park means excellence

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. KELBEY NORTON

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of…

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Commentary

Gut check: Where do you stand?

Posted August 15, 2014 by Master Sgt. STEVE RADNOR

Since the beginning of our Air Force careers, the majority of us have been taught that in order to lead, we need to lead by example and lead from the front. Today, that has not changed. However, as we all know, it is virtually impossible for all to be in front at the same time,…

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Air Force

Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Posted August 15, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship program. The yearlong program to train in intensive, trauma and emergency care ended Aug. 7. Nurses…

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Local

News Briefs August 15, 2014

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise today. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Senior Airman Deandre Holmes 607th Air Control Squadron Ground radar systems journeyman Hometown: Sacramento, California Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Lauren Holmes Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems technology Previous assignments: Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma Inspirations: Master Sgt. Francis Willis IV, Allen Kay and father, Brian…

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