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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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Street Beat – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations March 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 11: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident on the flightline. No aircraft were affected. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses March 8: Security forces responded…

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People First – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Plan early…

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Air Force News – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Edwards Airmen begin F-35 operational testing EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The F-35 Lightning II program entered a new phase of testing with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft March 6. Team members from the 53rd Wing’s 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, a tenant unit at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,…

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IDS helps Airmen through tough issues

Posted  March 22, 2013

There’s a network of agencies working to help Luke Airmen with issues ranging from predeployment jitters to balancing a checkbook. They are not shrouded in mystery, but the Integrated Delivery System, a group of agencies working in concert, is not quite a household term. “IDS is a collaboration of helping agencies coming together and asking,…

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Health & Safety

Protect first line of defense

Posted  March 22, 2013

The body’s immune system is the first line of defense against harmful bacteria, viruses and infections. Some well-known methods of keeping the immune system strong include maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and getting plenty of sleep. Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group registered nurse, said there are also plenty of ways the immune system can…

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Abuse, disposal of prescription drugs big problems

Posted  March 22, 2013

Abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and unfortunately, this trend is reflected in the military including the Air Force. To combat this problem, the Defense Department has expanded drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs. This increased testing has been underway since May 1,…

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Airmen share community spirit with students

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Staff Sgt. Michael Banks, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting officer, assists kindergartners with donning deployment gear March 8 at Littleton Elementary School in Avondale. Banks was one of many volunteers to visit the children during the school’s community day. Airmen from Luke Air Force Base participated March 8 in the Littleton…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Brendon Garwood 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Intermediate Station Team Member Hometown: Dupo, Ill. Years in service: One Goals: To finish my career development courses, capture below-the-zone and test for staff sergeant as soon after as possible; ultimately to become a chief Greatest feat: Graduating basic training and tech school Self-description: I’m…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Annual Auction Night dinner is April 11. Social hour is 5 p.m., dinner is 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at Club Five Six. All funds raised in the silent auction, live auction and raffle go to the scholarship fund…

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AFAF reaches for 2013 goal

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off Monday at Luke Air Force Base and continues through May 3. The Air Force-wide campaign raises funds to benefit Airmen and their families, including active-duty members, retirees, reservists, guardsmen and surviving spouses. Last year, Luke members contributed $90,000 exceeding the goal by $20,000. This year’s goal is $68,513, but…

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