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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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Events

Thunderbolts drive to benefit MDA

Posted  October 4, 2013

More than 20 Thunderbolts recently teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise money during this year’s MDA Lockup event in downtown Phoenix. Luke’s Airmen volunteered their time to act as “arresting officers” and transport “jailbirds” to the event site. The event was an opportunity for Airmen to help the local community, according…

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Vegas: Family Friendly

Posted  October 4, 2013

Popular culture has painted an image of Las Vegas as an adult playground filled with booze, exotic dancers and mobsters.

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This Week in History: October 4

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Frank Luke Jr. Sept. 29, 1918: Frank Luke Jr. shot down, dies from wounds This week 95 years ago the leading ace of the American Expeditionary Force was killed in combat in northern France during World War I. Frank Luke, Jr., the son of German immigrants, was a 20-year-old Phoenix native. He excelled…

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Many players join Luke in Operation Swift Savior

Posted  October 4, 2013

The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center collaborated to make history Sept. 16 through 20 during Operation Swift Savior, a patient evacuation exercise, at Luke Air Force Base.

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Health & Safety

Enemy among us not apparent

Posted  October 4, 2013

The enemy is out there like a sleepless unstoppable force, ever watchful for an opportunity to strike.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Thomas Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally,…

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Salutes & Awards

Luis Walter Alvarez: Physicist, inventor altered history’s course

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Luis Walter Alvarea Luis Walter Alvarez, a Hispanic-American experimental physicist and inventor, changed the course of human history with his contributions to the fields of aviation and radiation. Alvarez was born on June 13, 1911, and died Sept. 1, 1988. Throughout his 77 years he received many distinguished awards including the Collier Trophy…

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Fly Over: ‘Gravity’, and ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’

Posted  October 4, 2013

In theaters: ‘Gravity’ Beautiful. No adjective appropriately conveys the sense of awe that washes over you while viewing the cinematically brilliant “Gravity.” Alfonso Cuaron’s (“Children of Men”) film is majestic. The CGI and special effects used make 600 kilometers above Earth more surreal than flying caped crusaders. Not since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 20 through 26: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 20: Security forces responded to a request for mutual aid from Glendale police due to several reports of possible road rage. Security forces arrived on scene at Litchfield…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Jacob Sorby, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, attempts to block the football Sept. 26 during a game against 56th Contracting Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. CES defeated CONS 33-6. CES pulls flag on CONS, crushing victory Story and photo by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron flag football…

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