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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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Spike students combat train with Navy Super Hornets

Posted  August 30, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing recently hosted four F/A-18E Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. The aircraft were brought in to provide joint air combat training for students undergoing initial F-16 qualification training. Pilots from Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 14 planned, briefed and debriefed at the 62nd FS and flew in support of 10…

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Gently used formal wear available to E-5, below

Posted  August 30, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH Members of the Luke community look through dresses at the opening of the Cinderella and Prince Charming Closet at the Airmen’s Attic. The closet provides one free formal outfit for spouses of staff sergeants and below so they can attend formal events like graduations or the Air Force Ball. The closet…

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Sports Shorts – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

CE takes on SFS for bragging rights Jaren Etheridge, CES, attempts a lay-up during the game against SFS. Etheridge scored ten points in the game. by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron battled the 56th Security Forces Squadron for bragging rights during an intramural basketball game Aug. 26…

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Street Beat – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 23 through 29: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and four non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 26: A civil arrest was made on a military member who caused an accident while driving under the influence eastbound on Interstate-10. There were no injuries. Aug….

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K-9: Bond between handler, dog strengthens base defense

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan Mayo, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, bites on his reward Aug. 8 given to him by Staff Sgt. Justin Lopez, 56th SFS MWD handler, after searching for explosives or narcotics during training in a warehouse at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The training tested the MWD’s senses for…

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HVAC keeps base cool during summer months

Posted  September 6, 2013

In a region where temperatures can get above 100 degrees every day during the summer, the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing looks to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists to keep people and equipment cool.

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Fly Over: ‘Orange Is the New Black’, and ‘Getaway’

Posted  September 6, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ One day as I was perusing Netflix for a show to watch, I saw one that stood out. It read “Orange Is the New Black: a Netflix original series.” I thought to myself, “I didn’t know Netflix made its own shows. Would it even be good?” At that…

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Education: more is better

Posted  September 6, 2013

Workers with only high school-level education had an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, while those with a bachelor’s degree had an unemployment rate of just 4.9 percent, according to a 2011 Forbes study.

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CE challenges ALS to readiness

Posted  September 6, 2013

Students attending the John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School were the first to participate in the ALS unit mentorship program Aug. 27 with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, which took them through a mini course of the jobs CE does.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 6, 2013

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ~ Beverly Sills While visiting Grand Canyon this year I picked up a book recounting numerous ways people have met their fate at the canyon. One of the surest ways is trying to shortcut the canyon’s trails. Grand Canyon is often unforgiving of those who attempt…

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