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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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This Week in History

Posted  August 23, 2013

  56th Fighter Group’s first ace On Aug. 19, 1943, Capt. Gerald Johnson, 61st Fighter Squadron, was the first 56th Fighter Group pilot to claim and be credited with five kills, thus becoming its first ace. Much later, it was determined that one of his Aug. 17 kills was also claimed by 1st Lt. Frank…

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SFS Airmen fire away …

Posted  August 23, 2013

When Airmen receive orders to deploy, there are multiple tasks they have to complete before leaving the home station, such as filling out paperwork to out-process. And for those going to a combat area, they must qualify on certain weapons.

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People First – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 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. Tuition assistance…

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Air Force News – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

DOD announces extending same-sex spouse benefits The Defense Department announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and DOD civilian employees, according to a DOD news release recently issued. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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Salutes & Awards

607th ACS changes command

Posted  August 23, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Charles Jones Monday at the 607th Air Control Squadron change-of-command ceremony. The squadron’s mission is to train operators and maintainers, deploy warfighters and provide world-class in-garrison radar control to flying units.

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Keesler, Sheppard, Vance shine in King of Hill game

Posted  August 23, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The King of the Hill game has ended, and three Air Education and Training Command bases have been spotlighted for best idea, individual participation and wing participation. Keesler Air Force Base’s idea on “C3 Multifunctional Device Initiatives,” which involved renegotiating print, copy, scan and fax lease agreements, won the…

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Self-help services available

Posted  August 23, 2013

Courtesy photo Ronnie Peele , civilian, works on his car in one of the Luke Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop’s liftless stalls. When it comes to some “do-it-yourselfers,” fixing up one’s own car is gratifying and worthwhile, more so than simply having a mechanic take care of everything. For such people here on base,…

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Ops desk beating heart of flying squadron

Posted  August 23, 2013

Every fighter squadron at Luke Air Force Base has a central area manned by Airmen who make sure pilots are able to fly daily. “The operations desk is where each pilot stops to get important information and the green light to fly before stepping to their aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron…

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Health & Safety

Med group rewards physical fitness

Posted  August 23, 2013

Just as other groups on Luke Air Force Base have their own competitions, like the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Month award, the 56th Medical Group has created a Commander’s Cup to help raise fitness awareness amongst its Airmen. The trophy and title of “Most Fit Corps,” is given to the team from the 56th…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 23, 2013

Senior Airman Jeanette Backhaus 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory Journeyman Hometown: Las Vegas Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Dustin and daughter, Sasha Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: Jane Goodall Goals: Obtain a medical laboratory technician certification; become an officer Greatest feat: Scoring 92.3 on the physical training…

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