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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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Old fuel tank gets facelift

Posted  November 15, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Ed Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels terminal superintendent, stands above a fuel tank under renovation Oct. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. This JP-8 jet fuel tank is the largest at Luke and was built in the 1940s. The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight is renovating a fuel…

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We all need to be resilient

Posted  November 15, 2013

If you think you’ve had your fair share of resiliency training, I understand, but I urge you to continue reading and take this article as a book review. My hope is that after you’ve read my message, it will convince you to go to the base library to check out a copy of “Unbroken” by…

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Developmental special duty: Are you ready to answer call?

Posted  November 15, 2013

Recently, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody introduced an initiative referred to as “development special duty” that will enhance how we currently develop our enlisted force. Commanders will nominate their best performers to serve in select special duty positions to ensure, as the chief states, “we have the right enlisted Airmen in…

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Fighter pilot goes above, beyond call of duty

Posted  November 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Maj. Adam Thornton, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, stands next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Thornton deployed to Aviano in support of Operation Unified Protector where he received an Air Medal for acts above and beyond the call of duty. “It was dusk, one of the worst times…

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News Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

Holiday hours All vendors in the Exchange and commissary complex will be closed Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Exchange concession hours vary for Nov. 29, 30 and 31. Check with individual vendors. Dorm holiday party The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel and Fighter Country Partnership are hosting a dorm–dwellers holiday party 6 p.m. Dec….

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 15, 2013

Airman 1st Class Christopher Nicolas 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Wife, LeAnn Harris Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My parents proudly wore the uniform and are retired master sergeants Goals: To get senior airman below-the-zone and finish my degree Greatest feat:…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  November 15, 2013

Luke announces wing awards The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Corey Cobb, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Information Protection Senior NCO: Master Sgt. James Castillo Jr., 56th Force Support Squadron Company grade officer: Maj. John Ryan, 310th Fighter Squadron Field…

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Precise measurements mean mission success

Posted  November 15, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Tim Henderson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron precision maintenance equipment laboratory craftsman, looks through an alignment telescope Nov.1 in Bldg. 417 on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen in PMEL calibrate equipment such as torque wrenches, scales and aircraft reference fixtures. At Luke Air Force Base, precision is key to every mission…

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Luke Airman serves as “pest control” to keep down range mission moving

Posted  November 15, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA — Insects, rodents and wildlife at a deployed location can negatively impact the mission, but thanks to the hard work of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pest management shop, these issues are effectively controlled. “We are the pest control for the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Lorie Simpson, 379th ECES pest management…

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This week in history

Posted  November 15, 2013

1918: The war to end all wars Courtesy photo The Armistice, the peace treaty that ended The Great War, was signed in a railroad car outside Versailles, France, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918. The armistice to end World War I went into effect 95 years ago this week at the 11th hour of the…

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