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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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Fly Over: ‘Captain Phillips’, and ‘Machete Kills’

Posted  October 25, 2013

‘Captain Phillips’ Remember when Tom Hanks could act? Well, thanks to his most recent effort, it appears he’s back. “Captain Phillips” is the retelling of the true-life events of a 2009 Somali hijacking of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship off the Somali coast. The recent history captured the public’s attention for the duration of Phillips’…

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Close by Tolmachoff Farms gears up for Halloween

Posted  October 25, 2013

There are many places designed for children to have a good time while spending their parent’s money. Likewise, there are many places for parents to have a good time while spending their money.

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Tips to keep you safe when using apps

Posted  October 25, 2013

Before downloading, installing, or using an application, take a moment to review the “About the Developer” section. This will help the user get an idea about other apps that the specific developer has previously published. If available, visit the developer’s website and assess its content for things like history, professional appearance, and so on. Apps…

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Street Beat – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 11 through 18. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 10 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at the intersection of Glendale Avenue and Litchfield Road. There were no injuries. Glendale police…

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Sports Shorts – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Asalin, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, demonstrates good form and grip preparation for a dead lift at the 56th Force Support Squadron Combat Fitness Center. Asalin won the female most weight combined event lifting 1,260 pounds. T-bolts power push to limits Story and photo by Airman 1st Class PEDRO…

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At ‘tip of spear,’ passion keeps pilots sharp

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Gulf of Mexico. Mann deployed to Iraq in 2001 and 2003. It’s a dark night over Baghdad. Storm clouds rumble with the sound of thunder. In poor weather, Air Force pilots move in to escort a navy strike…

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Mentoring without mentoring

Posted  October 18, 2013

It seems that about every other week, there is a new article about leadership in the Thunderbolt expressing myriad theories and pet practices that the author has found successful to use. Frankly, I believe that leadership is much simpler than we in the military make it out to be at times. I do not have…

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Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted  October 18, 2013

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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Gospel service celebrates 40 years

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo The contemporary gospel service poses for a group photo during their first anniversary in 1974. The Luke Community Chapel contemporary gospel service celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday with the theme “Forty Years of Grace and Mercy.” “The gospel service has such a rich history, but one of the facts that most people might…

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News Briefs October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Boots to business The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center is featuring a two-day transition assistance program…

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