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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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Chief has left the building

Posted  September 27, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, works alongside an Airman Feb. 8, 2013, during his “dirtiest jobs” series. The command chief created the series, during which he participated in the jobs, as a way to give recognition to Airmen in careers that are often overlooked. Staton recently…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Chapel open positions The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel has four open positions. Resumes are required for all positions and must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Bid documents and full requirements are available at the Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 West Shooting Star Street. Protestant contemporary gospel worship service music…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 27, 2013

Airman Alexis Myrice 56th Operations Group Knowledge Operations Manager Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Years in service: One Family: Husband, Thomas Anazewicz, and parents, Frank and Tracy Myrice. Education: Received a high school diploma from Roy C. Start High School Inspirations: My grandmother Billie Fry. Her perseverance, compassion, and generosity helped shape who I am today. She…

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Luke commemorates POW/MIA day

Posted  September 27, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Former POW retired Brig. Gen. Tom Browning speaks with members of the Luke Air Force Base community Sept. 20 during the Annual POW/MIA Recognition ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The event occurs every year on the third Friday of September. It honors prisoners of war and recognizes military members…

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56 FW Facts

Posted  September 27, 2013

Mission To train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters. Training (fiscal 2012) B-course graduates 69 Current students 109 MRA Graduates 311 Current students 32 Leadership Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein Vice wing commander: Col. Jeremy Sloane Director of staff: Lt. Col. Matt Warner Command Chief: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton Operations…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 27, 2013

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin Don’t allow the world’s pressures, bitterness, jealously and anger to rob you of your happiness. It is an inside job and a state of being. Therefore, catch yourself some happiness and maintain that state. Happiness can…

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Street Beat – September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations from Sept. 13 through 19: Tickets Security Forces issued citations for 11 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 14: Security Forces responded to a major vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles located at the intersection of Harris Lane and Shooting Star. Luke fire, emergency and medical…

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This Week in History: September 27

Posted  September 27, 2013

Twenty years ago on Sept. 22, 1993, work began on the $12 million Dysart Canal project. The project was designed to prevent flooding of the base in the future by diverting water on the north and east sides of base.

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56th FW Command Priorities

Posted  September 27, 2013

Mission Luke Air Force Base must produce the world’s best F-16 fighter pilots while also deploying Airmen trained and ready to fight ongoing combat operations.   Leadership We must consciously develop our officer, enlisted and civilian Airmen into leaders. The true strength of America’s airpower is not in our equipment, but rather in the minds,…

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Capt. Pete Fernandez: Hispanic-American Ace

Posted  September 27, 2013

Son of the chief radio operator for Pan American World Airways, Capt. Manuel “Pete” Fernandez grew up immersed in aviation and earned his private pilot’s license at 15.

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