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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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Thunderbolt team earns ‘Tough Mudder’ title

Posted  March 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Airman 1st Class Reymundo Lopez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, prepares to jump into the Arctic Enema obstacle of the Tough Mudder challenge Feb. 23 in Mesa. The obstacle featured a pit filled with water and ice and is the second obstacle in the Tough Mudder course that has 21 obstacles…

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Women’s History Month tees off …

Posted  March 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, tees off March 1 during the Women’s History Month Golf Tournament at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The tournament kicked off the month which will conclude with a luncheon at 11 a.m. March 27 at Club Five Six. This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  March 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class Jessica Chapman 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Engineering technician Hometown: Bison, S.D. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Roxie Niemi; father, Wade Chapman; and sisters Tanya Lawhead and Cassie Jackson Education: Associate degree in computer aided drafting from Western Dakota Technical Institute Inspirations: Family, friends; knowing I can make a difference Goals: Happiness,…

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Local Briefs March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

LOSC raffle The Luke Officers Spouses Club will be hosting a Bunny Basket Raffle at 11 a.m. March 19 at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, email lukeOSCReservations@gmail.com or respond to the e-vite. Book club Join others in a discussion of books about deadly women at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Luke…

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Take command of personal healthcare

Posted  March 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Jenn, fill out MiCARE registration forms at the 56th Medical Group building on Luke Air Force Base. MiCARE allows users and health care providers to communicate about nonemergency care through secure means via email. MiCARE secure email messaging is an…

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Retiring chief shares parting thoughts

Posted  March 8, 2013

I will retire from the United States Air Force after 30 years and 26 days of active-duty service at 12:30 p.m. March 15 in the 425th hangar. Preparing for this event has brought to mind many thoughts of reflection and pride. Serving as an Airman in all enlisted ranks and serving the interests of our…

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Small gestures … big dividends

Posted  March 8, 2013

Analog leaders in a digital world Promotions, retirements, rendering a salute, giving a firm handshake; how about saying “Hello” as you pass people in your work environment or when you’re out in the community? Even a smile or nod of acknowledgement would be a great start. What about supporting squadron and base intramural teams and…

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Trio of Luke aviators to become test pilots

Posted  March 8, 2013

The history of aviation is full of legendary pilots, which include test pilots such as Chuck Yeager and some of the men chosen to be part of the Mercury program in the early days of the space program. Luke Air Force Base has three pilots who will take to the skies and test a variety…

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NASCAR visits Luke

Posted  March 8, 2013

photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH FROM LEFT: Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sign NASCAR memorabilia Feb. 28 during a visit to the base. The two drivers signed autographs, posed for photos and talked with service members during a meet and greet arranged by the USO. Two NASCAR drivers visited Luke Air Force Base Feb….

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Sports Shorts – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Get the ball Courtesy of Jet Journal, May 12, 1972 Air Force Academy soccer player Steve Hansel goes after the ball against a Colorado College player in a recent Academy victory. The Academy team meets the German student pilots of Luke at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Alhambra High School field. The game is for the…

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