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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 – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

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. Nation pours…

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310th FS raises funds for leukemia awareness

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raised money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society May 20 at the Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament in Chandler.

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Safety saves lives for Luke motorcyclists

Posted  June 7, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Exchange knows that safety is no accident. That’s why they are committed to providing a wide selection of personal protective equipment, which could make the difference between life and death for military motorcyclists. According to Army and Air Force safety centers, 65 Soldiers and Airmen lost their lives in motorcycle…

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Fit Warrior of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks 56th Medical Operations Squadron Medical technician 1. How do you stay fit? I stay active and am aware of what I eat by planning meals. I mostly drink water to avoid sugars and calories and have a balanced diet. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I love food!…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Staff Sgt. Aaron Anstrom 56th Force Support Squadron Readiness and Mortuary Affairs NCO Hometown: Bradley, Ill. Years in service: Four Family: Father, Mike; mother, Madonna; sister, Kelsie; and brother Luke Education: Community College of the Air Force in restaurant, hotel and fitness management Inspirations: My father has always pushed me to do my best; he…

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In Brief – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

56th CS change-of-command Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski will relinquish command of the 56th Communications Squadron to Maj. Raymond Chester in a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. June 14 at Club Five Six. 56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command…

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Luke Airmen join Arizona StandDown, helps homeless vets

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of Luke Air Force Base joined to help homeless veterans in the state during the 12th annual Arizona StandDown.

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Redemption + renewal = stronger you

Posted  June 7, 2013

According to dictionary.com, redemption is the act of redeeming or atoning for a fault, mistake or the state of being redeemed. After bouncing back from any situation, the road to redemption begins. This is an opportunity to learn from a mistake or mistakes and to make you a stronger person. However, that it is easier…

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What do you radiate?

Posted  June 7, 2013

Col. Daniel Smith I am a believer in the power of positive influence. I buy into such phrases as “your attitude determines your altitude.” I have been the benefactor of being led by those who radiate positive vibes. Not in a heads in the clouds Pollyanna kind of way, but a glass half full ……

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Thunderbolts lead by lightning

Posted  June 7, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen gathered May 29 and 30 to attend a seminar hosted by the Lightning Leadership committee. The kickoff to the Lighting Leadership initiative included two sessions daily, one for Airmen and one for NCOs. Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, handpicked leaders from across base to be…

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