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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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Luke IPs use downrange experience to train F-16 pilots

Posted  August 2, 2013

What is the most useful way to train an Airman? Using career development courses? What about using knowledge that one has gained from working at their home station? Maj. Andre Senay, 56th Training Squadron air-to-air subject matter expert, and Maj. Ryan Savageau, 310th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, use what they have gained from…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Leslie Eccles 56th Operations Support Squadron Intelligence Operations Fighter Squadron Support NCO-in-charge Hometown: LaVergne, Tenn Years in service: Four Family: Parents, Donna and Joseph Eccles and brother, Joseph Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England Inspirations: My first inspiration is from my…

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Luke members prepare to walk across country

Posted  August 2, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Retired Chief Master Sgt. Barry Lewis walks around the track during the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Luke Air Force Base track. Lewis walked during the 10-hour event in preparation for walking from Phoenix to his home town of Fredericktown, Penn. What is the first thing you intend to do after…

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LFE pulls out stops, final test of skill

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 310th Fighter Squadron takes off during a large force exercise July 19 at Luke Air Force Base. An LFE is the capstone to a pilot’s B-Course that tests the skills learned throughout the course. Every student pilot taking the B Course must take part in…

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Enlisted spouses give back to community

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Luke Air Base Enlisted Spouses’ Club discuss items from the agenda July 23 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center. Luke’s ESC is a diverse group of spouses from all walks of life that represent a variety of skills, talents and interests. In the entrance…

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Former Luke boss takes reigns of Air Force safety enterprise

Posted  August 2, 2013

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer assumed the duties of Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center July 15. Reporting directly to the Air Force chief of staff, Neubauer develops, executes and evaluates Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear…

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Critical Days of Summer mid-campaign message

Posted  August 2, 2013

As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset – you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season. We can help turn this trend around by…

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Air Force News – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

No more redundant inspections: AF implements new inspection system The Air Force recently implemented a new inspection system, aimed at giving more power to wing commanders. With the signing of Program Action Directive 13-01, Air Force inspection system Implementation Tiger Team transitions from the planning phase to the execution phase. The program, which was beta tested…

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People First – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 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. Services continue…

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Military exchanges remove 891 magazines from stores

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is removing 891 magazines from its stock, an assortment that includes The Saturday Evening Post, SpongeBob Comics, the Home Buyers Guide, Playboy and many others. AAFES officials said they want to reduce space for the magazine product category in exchange stores by 33 percent. The additional…

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