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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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Fly Over: ‘Battlefield 4’, and ‘Escape Plan’

Posted  December 20, 2013

On DVD: ‘Battlefield 4’ This “Battlefield” was hyped up over new features like destructive multiplayer game play and insanely new campaign mode. As a new player to the “Battlefield” franchise, I was not disappointed except for a couple of minor flaws in the game system itself. The multiplayer was nothing like I have ever experienced…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 20, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 2 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving violation. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 5: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in Bldg. 219 parking lot. An individual disengaged the brake after failing to place the vehicle in park…

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AF officials announce FY14 civilian workforce shaping

Posted  December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 20, 2013

• All Airmen (active-duty, Reservists, Air National Guard, Defense Department employees, etc.) must submit a travel claim within five working days of completing travel. Contact the 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Office for exceptions or special circumstances. • For TDYs, excess baggage expenses are a reimbursable expense. However, a member should always refer back to…

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This week in history

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo Dec. 17, 1903: First flight One hundred and ten years ago this week, Orville Wright flew the Wright Flyer 125 feet in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m. Dec. 17. His was the first-ever manned heavier-than-air, sustained, controlled and powered flight. Orville designed and built his own printing press and began a printing business…

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Sports Shorts – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Winter games bring out unusual events Second Lt. Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron Logistics Flight officer in charge, takes on the challenge of the dizzy bat race on day one of the winter games. Participants made ten full clockwise rotations before running to first base. The games were Dec. 9 through 13 and included…

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AETC commander visits Luke

Posted  December 13, 2013

The top officer in Air Education and Training command, Gen. Robin Rand, a former wing commander here, and his wife, Kim, visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 4 through 6 to talk to Airmen about his priorities and vision for the command. “The best part of the job is to come out here and have…

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Be prepared

Posted  December 13, 2013

Leading Airmen happens at every level and preparation is the key to success. A couple of weeks ago I watched two Airmen lead the clinic through resiliency training. As I looked at the members of the family health clinic I felt many things. The medics unabashedly participated in the training led by two Airmen who…

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The dirty dollar

Posted  December 13, 2013

Have you ever glanced down at the ground to see the distinct green of a crisp, clean dollar bill? I am willing to bet if you did, you would have picked it up. The question is if that dollar was crumpled up and dirty, would you have picked it up anyway? Would you have straightened…

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LRS refuels German C-160

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo A German C-160 aircraft sits at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport Nov 14. Senior Airman Kyle Barna and Staff Sgt. Tabius Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, were dispatched to refuel the aircraft and support the German air force who conducts basic flight training there. Airmen from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight…

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