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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

Air Force Ball

Posted  September 20, 2013

Photos from the Air Force Ball held Sept.14 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations from Sept. 6 through 12, 2013 Tickets Security Forces issued citations for 11 moving violations. Traffic related incidents Sept. 6: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Sept. 6: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airman 1st Class Dontae Smith, 56th Communication Squadron, attempts a lay-up Sept. 11 during an intramural basketball playoff game at Luke Air Force Base. CS defeated Army 44-42. CS basketball team eliminates Army in close match Photos and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Communications Squadron battled the…

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Air Force tuition assistance undergoing changes

Posted  September 13, 2013

Changes to the application process and some of the guidelines for the Air Force tuition assistance program go into effect with classes that begin after Oct. 1. These changes will require supervisors to bear more responsibility for their Airmen filing for TA. “Supervisors will have in-depth control and will now be held accountable,” said Joan…

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Commentary

Failure spurs great leaders

Posted  September 13, 2013

Failing at leadership on the surface might seem to be somewhat of an oxymoron, but as we explore this phenomenon as a reality of leadership, we will discover that failing at leadership has spurred many leaders and entrepreneurs to greatness. History is replete with men and women who in spite of their failures, persevered to…

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Certainty of combat shapes thoughts

Posted  September 13, 2013

“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but a corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their…

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Attitude key to overcoming adversity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka John Acosta, 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center sports director, speaks with referees about intramural basketball rules during halftime of a game Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Imagine you’re a 36-year-old technical sergeant at the top of your game in aircraft maintenance. The year is…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman Joel Alfaro-Salazar 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman Hometown: El Paso, Texas Years in service: Four Family: Son, Paxton Jay Alfaro, 2 Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: Being a good role model for my son;…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 44 Airmen

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated two staff sergeants and 42 senior airmen Aug. 29 from class 13-6. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michael Brideau, 56th Maintenance Group Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Michael McNew, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron;…

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Mixed martial arts gains popularity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, sweeps his opponent at the MMA Lab, a mixed martial arts studio in Glendale. Fighters like Manglona use proper positioning to overcome larger or stronger opponents. Mixed martial arts, a combat sport that combines striking and grappling techniques from a variety of disciplines,…

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