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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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Changing times add extra stress

Posted  June 14, 2013

We can all agree that 2013 has been a challenging year. Budget uncertainty, looming sequestration and potential furloughs have forced change to normal operations. Interrupting the way we do business requires us to operate in an environment of uncertainty. This uncertainty only compounds normal stress brought on by change. These changes affect our lives, increasing…

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Courage! Do you have it?

Posted  June 14, 2013

What comes to mind when you think of the word courage? Most of us in the military automatically think about contingency operations and the actions of our brave men and women downrange. Those outside the military might say the same thing or they may speak of courage displayed by the actions of our brave police…

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Student pilot survives lymphoma, continues dream

Posted  June 14, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Capt. Dakota Olsen, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, performs a preflight check during his training at Luke Air Force Base. What if your childhood dream job became a reality? Now imagine that dream coming to a screeching halt with the possibility of not just losing the dream, but your life as well….

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First-seed Falcons take it on chin in championship loss

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Falcons dove onto the diamond Sunday against the Peoria Bushwhackers in the Surprise league baseball championship at the Surprise Sports Complex baseball field. The Bushwhackers defeated the Falcons 10-6.

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Street Beat – June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 7 to 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a report…

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Yellowstone: Definite bucket list item

Posted  June 21, 2013

Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park created by an act of congress March 1, 1872. It sits on top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, which last erupted 640,000 years ago and was a thousand times larger than the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 21, 2013

“The road to success is filled with many tempting parking places.” ~ Will Rogers Have you ever been late to a big event? Parking is impossible, but then you see it – the perfect parking spot. It may take a little finesse, but it shouldn’t be a problem with your driving skills. Something inside you…

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Unit deployment manager now special duty position

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment; a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity. In the past, the UDM retained his or her Air Force specialty code, and even though UDMs were working outside of their specialty, the position…

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Squadrons swap expertise in exercise

Posted  June 21, 2013

Members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron conducted an exercise June 13 with members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight and 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

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It pays to invest

Posted  June 21, 2013

Though it’s impossible for money to grow on trees, by investing and with time it can multiply.

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