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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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Fly Over: ‘The Fall of Reach’, and ‘Planes’

Posted  August 9, 2013

‘The Fall of Reach’ Prologue to groundbreaking video game I’m sure I may be a little behind the curve by recently starting the book series “Halo,” considering the first novel was released in October 2001, but in my search for a new series to read, a friend recommended it to me. He didn’t steer me…

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This week in history August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy photo Officiating the activation ceremony was then Col. Gilmary Hostage III, 56th Operations Group commander and currently the Air Combat Command commander. Accepting the guidon was the new 21st Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell. Now retired, Mitchell runs the Community Initiatives Team at Luke.   Aug. 8, 1996: 21st FS activates…

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General Welsh shares message with Airmen

Posted  August 9, 2013

I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success. My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave…

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Luke teams play in softball tournament

Posted  August 9, 2013

Three teams from Luke Air Force Base took to the fields to compete in the Goodyear Guns vs. Hoses softball tournament Saturday

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Sports Shorts – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

UFC fight night UFC fight night is Aug 31 at Club Five Six. Doors open at 5 p.m., preliminary bouts are 7 p.m. and the main event is 9 p.m. Free admission to club members and $5 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-6446. Start Smart Tennis Start Smart Tennis is a tennis program for…

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First F-35 bound for Luke AFB

Posted  August 2, 2013

John Wilson The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base, sits on the assembly line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. It is expected to arrive at Luke Air Force Base early next year. AF-41 is one of 126 F-35s in various stages of production worldwide….

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Take time to recharge

Posted  August 2, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing is full of amazing Airmen who do amazing things day after day. We work hard, we work long hours and we continuously strive for perfection as we accomplish the mission. We do so despite constant reductions in manning, money and available time. Our output is high and constant. But I ask…

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CCAF important for career progression

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Air Force is all about improving its personnel. We’re always learning on the job. There are Airmen at Luke right now who are working to achieve their 3 level. We have the career development courses to become even further tasked, eventually leading to the mystical 0 rating held by chiefs. But learning doesn’t stop…

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Gettin’ picky …

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Capt. Anthony Generous, 308th Fighter Squadron, volunteers with others to remove trash and debris along Glendale Avenue on July 26. The 308th FS adopted a mile of road to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets.

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In Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished…

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