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Chief of staff visits Luke

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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Prevention training goes face-to-face

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

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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Blue Blazers share with Airmen options for future

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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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

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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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  March 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 16 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 857. There were no injuries….

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Resiliency: Transforming abuse victims from survivors to ‘thrivers’

Posted  March 28, 2014

Resiliency is the key ingredient to shifting people’s lives from survivors, or victims of domestic abuse, to “thrivers.” Recovery from domestic violence is based on the belief that healing from relationship violence is a social, spiritual, cultural and psychological process. Within the context of a supportive community, women and men can transition through stages of…

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Sports Shorts – March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Jeremy Sharron, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, shoots the ball over two 56th Security Forces Squadron defenders during the first half of the intramural basketball game March 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. EMS shoots past SFS, wins basketball game Story and photo by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs From…

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Governor Brewer, Undersecretary Fanning headline F-35 JSF unveiling at Luke AFB

Posted  March 21, 2014

Senior Airman Devante WilliamsArizona Governor Jan Brewer addresses an audience of approximately 500 community leaders, elected officials, representatives from partner nation air forces and Luke Airmen during an unveiling ceremony March 14 at Luke Air Force Base for the 56th Fighter Wing’s first F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. Brewer was joined on stage by Undersecretary…

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CCRI wraps up today

Posted  March 21, 2014

The inspectors from the Defense Information Systems Agency arrived Monday to test the Thunderbolt cyber rigor. It’s the day our Command Cyber Readiness Inspection began. Many of you may have heard the phrase “CCRI,” but may not understand what it is. Think it’s just a “Communications Squadron” thing? Read on. The enemy works tirelessly to…

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Time management key takeaway

Posted  March 21, 2014

My family and friends ask me all the time, “What are have you taken away from your Air Force experience thus far?” This question typically brings to mind many things, but I give them the usual, “I have learned how to be more responsible and independent.” If there is one solitary thing I have pulled…

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54th Fighter Group activates at Holloman AFB

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya An F-16 Fighting Falcon is displayed during the 54th Fighter Group activation March 11 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 54th FG, a tenant unit at Holloman, is a detachment the 56th Fighter Wing and will ultimately operate two F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons. The 54th FG plus three squadrons…

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News Briefs March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Finance office hours The 56th Comptroller Squadron offices will be closed Wednesday and resume normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 2nd Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Health fair There will be a Blue Cross Blue Shield representative on base to answer questions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 21, 2014

For week of March 17 Airman 1st Class Koraye Williams 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Service financial technician Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Odessa; and father, Freddie Education: Florida Institute of Technology, bachelor’s in business administration Inspirations: Own a gym or YMCA to help children of the future Goals: Receive a master’s…

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Marine awarded Purple Heart

Posted  March 21, 2014

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann U.S. Marine Corps Capt. David Sierleja, Bulk Fuel Company inspector instructor, pins the Purple Heart on medically retired Staff Sgt. Keith Darnell Feb. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Darnell received the award for injuries he sustained while deployed to Afghanistan. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized awards…

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