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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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People First – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

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. Enlisted quality…

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Air Force skydiving team jumps into Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Posted  January 17, 2014

Imagine freefalling several thousand feet from the air, feeling the rush of adrenaline kicking in before deploying your parachute, then sailing for a few minutes before landing into a stadium filled with several thousand cheering fans.

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Load Crews test skills in contest

Posted  January 17, 2014

Handling weaponry Jan. 9 on the flight line at Luke Air Force Base.

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Physical resiliency: Stay fit all year — keep New Year’s resolution

Posted  January 17, 2014

Physical resiliency is only one of the collaborative pillars that contribute to an individual’s overall resiliency. Regular physical activity has been shown to decrease an individual’s physiological reactivity such as increased blood pressure as well as demonstrate faster pulse rate recovery when exposed to a stressor. Being physically active can act as a buffer against…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 17, 2014

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer All of us have been there — a point in time in our lives when…

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Fly Over: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’, and ‘The Legend of Hercules’

Posted  January 17, 2014

In theaters: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ I loved 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” so much so that when I heard one of my friends had yet to see it I went out and bought it on Blu-Ray (why comedy needs to be high-def, I have no idea, but that’s beside the point)…

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Evergreen State

Posted  January 17, 2014

Also known as the state where TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” is set in, Washington is filled with a ton of local eateries, including fresh seafood, places to shop and offers up a dynamic nightlife on weekends.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 17, 2014

Tax season is upon us. Tax statements are available via myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx) according to the 2013 myPay Tax Statement Schedule: Available now Annuitant 1099-R Retiree 1099-R Civilian W-2 (Defense Department and non DOD) Reserve Component Air Force, Army and Navy W-2 Army Student Loan Repayment Program W-2 Army Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Civilian W-2 Active/Reserve Component…

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Street Beat

Posted  January 17, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 1 through 10: Nonemergency responses Jan. 3: Security forces responded to a wants and warrants hit for a failure to appear at Lightning Gate. The individual was denied entry due to Lansing Sheriff’s Office in Kansas was unable to extradite. Jan. 3: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

Nicholas Spivey, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, runs for a first down during the first half of an intramural flag football game Jan. 9 at the Luke Air Force Base football field. LRS defeated the 56th Components Maintenance Squadron team 39-0. LRS speeds past CMS, stays undefeated by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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