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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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56th MDG Airmen honored at gala

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy photos FROM LEFT: Marian Budnik, Col. Carol Andrews and Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group nurses, were among the finalists last month at the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Caring Spirit, paid tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who have delivered the highest…

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  October 25, 2013

The following individuals are best-of-the-best: Load crew Staff Sgt. Matthew Popp, Senior Airmen Ken Yoshimoto and Airman 1st Class Meiling Keiki, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Dalton McNealy, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooper, 56th AMXS Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Grissom, 56th EMS Maintenance support professional Airman:…

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From Airmen to restaurateurs

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Preston and Donovan Walden, Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill co-owners, stand in front of the restaurant Oct. 11 at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. The brothers are prior active-duty Airmen. They offer military personnel a 15 percent discount on food and beverages. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Donovan…

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Costumes make this a true: Fun Run

Posted  October 25, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts participated in the Ghostly Ghoul 5k Fun Run Oct. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen were encouraged to don their Halloween best during the run. Prizes were given for both the fastest runners and the best costumes. The Turkey Trot 5k fun run is Nov. 22. Photos by Senior…

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Air Force News – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

EPME course return policy explained The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer…

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People First – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 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. AF implements…

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This week in history

Posted  October 25, 2013

The 56th Range Management Office stood up at Luke Air Force Base as a wing staff agency 20 years ago this week.

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Preventing domestic violence up to all

Posted  October 25, 2013

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the first “Day of Unity” to promote the connection of battered women with advocates across the country working toward ending violence against women and children. It was from this event that the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved in October 1987. This month we observe Domestic…

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Airmen serve to honor fallen

Posted  October 25, 2013

It’s silent except for the clicks resonating from the shoes of six honor guardsmen coming toward the funeral party. In unison they stop, come to attention and march forward to begin the honors for a fallen serviceman.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 25, 2013

“I took a hard look at what’s smart and what’s stupid. I did see that it’s better to be smart than stupid, just as light is better than darkness (paraphrased).” ~King Solomon There was once a merchant who wished to sell fish heads to a customer and told him that fish heads are great brain…

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