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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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This week in history

Posted  February 28, 2014

Feb. 26, 2009: Services Squadron redesignated Five years ago this week the 56th Services Squadron was redesignated the 56th Force Support Squadron. Part of the process was the inactivation of the 56th Mission Support Squadron. The new squadron included the functions, people and equipment of the inactivated unit. In 2007, the U.S. Air Force began…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt picks up dream, heads to Tops in Blue

Posted  February 28, 2014

Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Barnes, 56th Communications Squadron network operations, is the latest Thunderbolt to be selected to perform in Tops in Blue, the Air Force’s premiere expeditionary entertainment unit.

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Events

New chiefs recognized in ceremony

Posted  February 28, 2014

Five Airmen were recognized Feb. 21 for making the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force during the chief’s recognition ceremony at Club Five Six.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 28, 2014

If you are a federal employee covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System or the Civil Service Retirement System, you may make regular or catch-up thrift savings plan contributions immediately upon employment. If you are covered by FERS, you may also receive matching agency contributions. All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in TSP at a…

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Spouses ‘dine-in’ Hollywood fashion

Posted  February 28, 2014

Costumes, laughter and bright decorations set the tone for an entertaining night at the first spouses dining-in Feb. 22 at Club Five Six.

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Tips to ‘take to heart’

Posted  February 28, 2014

February is American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health. Everyday things people can do to increase daily heart-healthy activity: Park further away when visiting the commissary and walk For those sitting at desks, standing for periods of time can increase blood flow, burn calories and assist with energy balance Take…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I say to you, ‘I love you. I would rather die than hate you.’ And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What does it take to…

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Fly Over: ‘Robocop’, and ‘The Lego Movie’

Posted  February 28, 2014

In theaters ‘Robocop’ Honestly, I have never seen so much hate for a movie. In the months before 2014’s “Robocop” release I heard people complain over and over again about this thing or that thing, every little tidbit the studio released to the public (in a few cases, I’ve seen people complain about things that…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 17 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 20: Security forces received a report of a civil arrest for DUI on Bell Road and West Point Parkway in Surprise. Surprise police responded after receiving a…

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Sports Shorts – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron team huddles Feb. 19 before the start of the second half of the 2014 intramural football season championship game at Luke Air Force Base. They beat the 56th Communications Squadron 19-18 in intramural play. 56th SFS wins 2014 intramural football championship Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter…

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