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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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Save on tax prep fees at Luke tax center

Posted  February 20, 2015

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Mariah Langeland, 56th Security Forces Squadron member and tax center volunteer, helps retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norman Afdahl and his wife, Eileen Afdahl, file their taxes Feb. 10 in the tax center at Luke Air Force Base. The tax center has provided free tax filing services to service members…

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Start small, think BIG

Posted  February 20, 2015

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Luke Air Force Base, in conjunction with Fighter Country Foundation, is scheduled to host a financial exposition for members of the Luke community during Military Saves Week from Monday through Feb. 28. The week is designed to show service members how to plan for their…

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Air Force News – February 20, 2015

Posted  February 20, 2015

Alaska Members of the 611th Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, along with five other state and federal agencies, practiced techniques to deal with oil or hazardous waste spills under cold weather conditions during a recent exercise.   Greece Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing’s Contingency Response Group from Ramstein Air Base,…

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People First – February 20, 2015

Posted  February 20, 2015

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, click on the link in each title. Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary…

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SFS welcomes new leader

Posted  February 20, 2015

Senior Airman Scott Emmick, 56th SFS Military Working Dog handler, and Chrach, MWD, stand by during the ceremony.   Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guide-on to Maj. Scott Haselden during the 56th Security Forces Squadron assumption of command ceremony Feb. 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Carter addresses DOD workforce

Posted  February 20, 2015

To all Defense Department personnel: I am honored to become your secretary of defense. I am proud to lead men and women who devote their lives to the highest calling — the defense of our nation. And I am grateful to follow in the footsteps of Secretary Hagel, one of our nation’s most honorable and…

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Luke’s best shine Pt. 2

Posted  February 20, 2015

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Master Sgt. Francis Willis, 607th Air Control Squadron flight chief, Emcee’s for the annual awards ceremony Feb. 13, 2015 at the Wigwam Spa and Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona.   — Nominees — Airman Senior Airman Tyler Carson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Senior Airman Joel Epstein, 54th Maintenance Squadron Airman…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  February 20, 2015

“I, state your name …” With these words we begin the oath of office. During our Air Force careers we periodically stop and take this oath; at re-enlistments and officer promotions we take a vow, we make a promise. Notice with me that every Airman begins this oath with their name. One’s name is a…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ and ‘Chopped′

Posted  February 20, 2015

In stores: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ I was sitting at my desk trying to decide whether I should review a restaurant or a movie for this week’s Thunderbolt when my wife texted me and suggested we rent a DVD. That’s when inspiration struck me: “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a movie about competing restaurants in France, was recently…

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USS Arizona’s oldest crewman passes at 100

Posted  February 20, 2015

Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joe Langdell, one of 334 survivors of the USS Arizona that was attacked by the Japanese Dec. 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor passed away Feb. 8 at the age of 100 in Yuba City, California.

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