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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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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  August 2, 2013

  “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.” ~Chinese proverb There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.” Who among us doesn’t know the truth of this proverb? How often have…

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U.S. Air Force Academy ranks among top colleges in nation

Posted  August 2, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked as one of the top universities in the nation with the latest rankings from Forbes. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and…

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Top Hats graduate 15 into combat air force

Posted  August 2, 2013

Basic F-16 course class 13-CBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat-ready F-16 pilots. When they graduate today, they will continue the legacy of 310th Fighter Squadron trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya….

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days…

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SFS trains for real-world shooter

Posted  August 2, 2013

Members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron recently completed active shooter scenario training at the Luke Air Force Base SFS training building June 19 and at the Phoenix Police Academy “shoot house” July 24.

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AF colonel, sexual assault survivor recounts experience

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — The first in a video series of survivor stories, an Air Force colonel shared her graphic, first-hand experience with sexual assault in 1988. After years of silence about the incident, Col. Pamela Lincoln voluntarily shared her experience with the hope that it might empower other survivors to come forward for the emotional, medical…

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Street Beat – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 19 through 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and 11 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 22: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Bong Lane and Phantom Street. There were no injuries. July 24: Security forces responded to…

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Fly Over: ‘The Way Way Back’, and ‘The Wolverine’

Posted  August 2, 2013

‘The Way Way Back’ I didn’t like “The Way Way Back,” but in all fairness, I’m not the intended audience for this film. I like serious movies for adults, usually of the R-rated variety, and I often prefer those that explore the dark, violent side of human nature. This is not one of those movies…

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MWR officials urge furloughed civilians to tap programs

Posted  August 2, 2013

With furloughs now in full swing and many Defense Department civilian employees finding themselves with more time on their hands but less money in their pockets, morale, welfare and recreation officials are encouraging them to check out some of the programs offered right where they work.

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White House launches SAVE Awards for cost-paring ideas

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON – Federal employees can submit their cost-cutting ideas through the White House’s annual SAVE Awards campaign that kicked-off Wednesday, administration officials said. SAVE stands for Securing Americans Value and Efficiency. The campaign, which runs through Aug. 9, stems from President Barack Obama’s belief that federal employees are best poised to generate effective and efficient…

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