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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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Thunderbirds, F-35 to headline Luke open house

Posted  February 21, 2014

Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer The public is invited to the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. The air show will include the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Wings of Blue parachute team, the Marines MV-22 Osprey,…

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Water tower welcomes all to Fighter Country

Posted  February 21, 2014

Driving down Litchfield Road in front of Luke Air Force Base, one can’t help but see three things: F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge and the “Fighter Country” water tower. One of these things has been part of the base’s history longer than the others combined. The water tower, managed by the…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 21, 2014

With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn to deploy. Occasionally when…

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Leaders push others to discover strengths

Posted  February 21, 2014

Picture, for a moment, being in the midst of a challenge. How will you deal with that challenge? Will you shy away? Will you hide in the shadows of another’s motivation and know-how? Or, will you move into the forefront and say I’m ready to lead? Leadership is not something found in a book, Air…

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Spending below income results in fiscal freedom

Posted  February 21, 2014

Many Americans may have been told the importance of saving money whether by parents, mentors or friends but how many actually have an ample amount in savings to last them through an emergency situation? According to survey results released by Bankrate more than 75 percent of Americans don’t have enough money saved to cover their…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Connecting families “Daddy Read a Book” connects deployed parents with children at home by providing a free video of the deployed parent reading a favorite book. Reading sessions are conducted 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Monday of the month. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon at 623-856-6211. Finance office hours The…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior Airman Teresa Anaya-Hernandez 56th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller Hometown: Carson City, Nev. Years in service: Three Family: Father, Everardo Anaya; mother, Teresa Anaya; sister, Kassandra Anaya Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My parents push me to move forward and work hard to better myself Goals: Continue…

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Luke Airman saves lives after accident

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior AirmanJason Colbert Staff Sgt. Randy Williamson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental craftsman, checks a battery connection Tuesday during routine maintenance at the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Williamson will be awarded the Noncommissioned Officers Association Vanguard Award during the association’s national convention in July in Las Vegas. The award comes after…

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Air Force Association gives back to AF family

Posted  February 21, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, congratulates Airman 1st Class Tanisha Pressley, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medic, Feb. 4 after being awarded Thunderbolt of the Week in the Wing Conference Room. Thunderbolt of the Week is just one of the many programs on base that the Air Force…

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BHM committee holds essay contest

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Ella May Valdez and Melanie Ralston, students at Thompson Ranch Elementary School, receive certificates for winning the Luke Air Force Base Black History Month Committee essay contest. The certificates were presented Wednesday by Capt. Rasheed Wedlow, 56th Medical Group Resource Management Flight commander, Master Sgt. Shawanda Randolph, 56th MDG RMF chief, and…

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