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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  February 20, 2015

The 56th Security Forces squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a gate runner at North Gate involving a nonmilitary affiliated civilian. Security forces initiated a traffic stop, detained…

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Sports Shorts – February 20, 2014

Posted  February 20, 2015

John Crauder, 56th Operations Support Squadron teammate, runs a play set-up for the team during a scrimmage basketball game against Army, Air Force Exchange Services team Feb. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Crauder finished the game with 14 points. OSS beats AAFES in scrimmage game Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

Posted  February 13, 2015

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer A four-ship formation of F-35 Lightning IIs perform the first-ever F-35 flyover Jan. 24 over University of Phoenix Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pro Bowl. They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers…

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Find inspiration all around for daily grind

Posted  February 13, 2015

SHAZAM! That is the war cry of the 56th Operations Support Squadron. It comes from the comic book character Captain Marvel, who was introduced back in 1939. SHAZAM is an acronym of six Greek and Roman gods and heroes, each defining a special ability that the superhero possesses. There is Solomon for wisdom, Hercules for…

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Forgetting past leads to repeating it

Posted  February 13, 2015

On Jan. 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm was initiated by the U.S. to liberate Kuwait from the forces of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq dictator. Leading up to this event, Hussein had invaded the country of Kuwait Aug. 2, 1990. He targeted Kuwait due to its extensive supply of oil and his belief that Kuwait was…

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Airman hangout moves temporarily

Posted  February 13, 2015

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Luke Airmen and volunteers help move furniture to Bldg. 636 Feb. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Oasis is temporarily moving until their old building is renovated. The Oasis will continue to serve homemade dinners on Fridays and Saturdays for Airmen living in the dorms. The Oasis on Luke Air Force…

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News Briefs February 13, 2015

Posted  February 13, 2015

DADS 101 DADS 101 helps men become comfortable in their new role as father. The class is 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Luke Air Force Base Chapel. For more information or to sign up, call 623-856-3417. Career courses The Luke Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center is offering two career…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  February 13, 2015

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega FROM LEFT: The 944th Fighter Wing 2014 winners are Senior Master Sgt. Chin Cox, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Majs. Bryan Dalton and Eric Puels, 69th Fighter Squadron, Senior Master Sgt. David Merris, 944th Force Support Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Jovita Holguin, 47th Fighter Squadron, Staff Sgt. David Hainley, 924th Operations Support Flight,…

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Biggest Loser competition about to begin

Posted  February 13, 2015

Obesity — more than 78.6 million U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only is it to blame for conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, it is costly to the U.S. and those who suffer from it. To help fight the bulge, the Luke…

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vESD 2.0 rolls out Air Force wide

Posted  February 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — A brand new version of the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk (version 2.0) is now available on unclassified computer desktops on the Air Force network. The vESD is an application on the desktop that empowers computer users to resolve minor information technology issues on their own, no longer requiring users to call the Enterprise…

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