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Chief of staff visits Luke

Posted March 27, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also reviewed the progress made in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training program at Luke….

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Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

Posted March 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. JASON NEIGHBORS

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a…

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Have you joined the Air Force yet?

Posted March 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. CARMINA BEEDLE

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have…

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Prevention training goes face-to-face

Posted March 27, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Prevention training March 4 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The face-to-face training replaced the computer-based training beginning Feb. 11. The World Health Organization reports…

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Thunderbolt looks to future

Posted March 27, 2015 by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a pivotal support role in the dental squadron. Motivation comes from looking at the thing you want and realizing what it…

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Tuskegee Airmen commemorated

Posted March 27, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Inc. celebrated the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airman Commemoration Day with a wreath ceremony Wednesday at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is the result of legislation signed into law by former Arizona Governor Janice Brewer in 2013 and is the first such law…

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Blue Blazers share with Airmen options for future

Posted March 27, 2015 by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Tech. Sgt. Steve Martin, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Support Squadron fuels systems instructor, sits in a speed mentor session March 18 at Luke Air Force Base. The Blue Blazers, a group of Fighter Country Partnership Honorary Commanders alumni, put on the mentoring session to help Airmen who are considering transitioning to civilian…

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Know your re-employment rights

Posted March 27, 2015 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

Did you know that you may be eligible to return to the civilian job you held prior to military service? The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components. This law requires your previous employer to rehire you if four conditions are met:…

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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Posted March 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Bring ‘invisible class’ into view

Posted March 20, 2015 by Jerold Haupt

When I was a young boy, my father explained to me that there was dignity in work. He told me to always respect the worker regardless of how thankless or menial their job may appear to be. He said that you never know the burdens a person may be carrying, or the family members that…

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