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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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Luke’s History – EXTREME weather …

Posted  March 15, 2013

Intense storms caused the Dysart Drainage Canal north of base to overflow Oct. 20, 1992, which resulted in more than $3 million in damages to base housing. The base flooded because of land subsiding 17 feet due to long-term pumping of ground water used by the base and local farmers.   Heavy rains flooded Luke…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 15, 2013

“No man can safely be a superior but he who learns to live in subjection. No man can safely command but he who hath learned how to obey well.” ~ Thomas Kempis A presidential advisor was seated at a state dinner and caught a side glance of blue trousers with yellow stripes nearby. The serving staff…

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Oct. 7: Dream date, evening on the town offered Luke, Willie Airmen

Posted  March 15, 2013

Circa 1955, From the pages of the Jet Sun A beautiful girl, an afternoon and evening of dining and dancing, a new car to drive, with all expenses paid. What more could an Airman ask for? All he need ask for is the pleasure of escorting a lovely lass on this fabulous date. It’s all…

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Fly Over: ‘Dr. No’, ‘The Sound of Music’

Posted  March 15, 2013

On BluRay / DVD: ‘Dr. No’ 007’s first big-screen adventure   In honor of this week’s Thunderbolt history edition and the recent release of “Skyfall” on Bluray and DVD, I decided to write a review on the first James Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). Ian Fleming introduced James Bond to the world in a series…

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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted  March 15, 2013

In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service.

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F-35 Lightning II: Q and A

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB expects to do some flying and informal training a month or so after the first F35 arrives, with formal syllabus training is likely to begin in late 2014 or early 2015....

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Street Beat – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations March 1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 1: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 400. There were no injuries. March 2: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident…

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AF first female fighter pilot continues to break stereotypes

Posted  March 15, 2013

After Col. Jeannie Leavitt finished pilot training at the top of her class in 1992, she was given her first choice of aircraft, with a few restrictions. Her first choice, the F-15 Strike Eagle, wasn’t yet an option for female pilots.

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Squadron symbols embrace significance

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force shields and symbols are created to identify and set apart each organization and convey a specific meaning created to describe the purpose, warrior ethos and passion to complete the mission of that organization. These are just a few from the 56th Fighter Wing....

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944th FW closes chapter in history

Posted  March 15, 2013

Sends remaining F-16 Fighting Falcons to other locations, assignments Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base bid farewell Feb. 12, 2007, to the last three F-16s after almost 20 years. The unit’s F-16s are being reassigned to other locations on the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure. “This is like…

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