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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 27 through Sept. 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and one non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in the base exchange parking lot. There were no injuries. Sept. 3: Security forces…

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Sports Shorts – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

David Hicks, center, 56th Security Forces Squadron, attempts to drive in the lane Sept. 3 during a playoff intramural basketball game at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated SFS 56-48.   LRS moves to next round in B-ball playoff by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron battled the…

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Monsoon brings it! Dust, rain, light show

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Lightning strikes over the White Tank Mountains Aug. 26 during a thunderstorm as seen from the end of the runway. Residents of Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding area were treated to nature’s light show, high winds and heavy rain. The blue skies quickly turn to a steel gray, the wind…

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Best minds join together for F-35 conference

Posted  September 6, 2013

How fast can you solve a Rubik’s Cube? Now imagine the cube reaches more than 51 feet in length, 14 feet in height and 35 feet wide. Also, the cube has hundreds of squares, unlike Rubik’s traditional 54. Your only reprieve? This cube only has five colors, not six like the toy. More than 90…

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Commentary

Why do you serve?

Posted  September 6, 2013

People often ask me what I do. That question is quite easy to answer. “I’m an officer in the United States Air Force.” Every once in a while someone will follow up with, “What do you do in the Air Force?” That’s another easy answer. “I command the communications squadron at Luke Air Force Base…

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Invest in your Air Force career

Posted  September 6, 2013

How many of us have attempted to withdraw money from an ATM and received an “insufficient funds” response? We all know that in order to receive money from an ATM, money must be deposited into the account. I was once asked to compare my Air Force career to a bank account. I was asked to…

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DoD

Munitions storage vital to AMMO

Posted  September 6, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Master Sgt. Howard Suggs, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Storage NCO-in-charge, ties a special ammo knot securing the wooden crates in one of the munitions storage units Aug. 26 on Luke Air Force Base. Munitions storage is responsible for managing and storing 18 million pounds of munitions on base, which is worth…

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Local Briefs September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Base blood drive Donate blood at the times and locations below: Sept. 23 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Sept. 24 8 a.m. to noon at the 607th Air Control Squadron 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bldg. 913 1 to 5 p.m. at Bldg. 917 2 to 6 p.m….

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael Giles Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Armament Systems instructor Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Tech. Sgt. Marquia Giles; children, Jaylen, 11; Christian, 10; Micah, 4; Arianna, 1 Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in armament maintenance, instructor of technical military science and instructor of certification…

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Luke personal trainer overcomes obstacles

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, second from the left, poses for a photo with his track teammates in May 1979 in California. This photo was taken 11 months after Johnson recovered from a serious car accident. Looking at Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist…

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