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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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CES takes to high places

Posted  January 31, 2014

Airmen are led down a mountain trail by 1st Lt. Brad Shields, 56th CES operations engineer chief.   The 56th CES rests at the top of the mountain.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron takes a moment to enjoy the scenery Jan. 22 from atop the White Tank Mountain Range. The 5-mile hike up the…

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Street Beat

Posted  January 31, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 15 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 10 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 17: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a government-owned vehicle at the parking lot of Bldg. 959. There were…

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Sports Shorts – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Capt. Jon Mathers, 607th Air Control Squadron chief of training, performs a pullup Jan. 18 at Luke Air Force Base while training for a CrossFit competition that took place last weekend. rong>Training facility not just for already fit Story and photo by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The smell of sweat. The sound…

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Off we go into the wild blue …

Posted  January 24, 2014

Hayden Barker, 4, nephew of retired Tech. Sgt. Charles Clevenger, jumps from the base of the T-33A Shooting Star display at the Luke Air Force Base Air Park. A T-33 is scheduled to perform March 15 and 16 here at the upcoming “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show. For more information, visit…

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Luke management, union leaders back to bargaining table

Posted  January 24, 2014

Representatives from Luke Air Force Base management are scheduled to resume talks next week with the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for the 56th Fighter Wing and tenant units at Luke. The current agreement was signed in 1996. Labor contracts typically last for a three-year period,…

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70 lbs of fight …

Posted  January 24, 2014

Maj. Sid Mirghani, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, performs a 70-pound weighted squat Jan. 18 while training for an upcoming CrossFit competition at Luke Air Force Base. Look for the story in the Jan. 31 issue of the Thunderbolt.

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Core values run deep, blue

Posted  January 24, 2014

What do the Air Force core values mean to you? As we were all taught in basic military training, the core values are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. However, there is a deeper meaning to our core values than just these three phrases. In accordance with Air Force Pamphlet…

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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted  January 24, 2014

Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we still rely on the…

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AETC updates mission, vision statements

Posted  January 24, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Education and Training Command has updated its mission and vision statements, focusing on its roots — recruiting, training, educating and innovation. The new mission statement, “Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America,” speaks to the charge of the Air Force’s First Command and the vital…

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Medical records: keeping personal file in order

Posted  January 24, 2014

If you have ever been to the 56th Medical Group clinic, you may have noticed there are quite a few patients there. Every one of them has a file that tells their medical history and helps doctors review what has happened. Keeping all of those files in order is a monumental task. Luckily, there is…

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