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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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AETC commander retires after 35 years of service

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Edward Rice Jr. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The commander of Air Education and Training Command retired Thursday, ending a 35-year career of service and commitment to the U.S. Air Force. Gen. Edward Rice Jr., a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, retired after handing AETC’s reins over to Gen….

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New leader takes reins at MAJCOM

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Gen. Robin Rand JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Gen. Robin Rand took command of Air Education and Training Command from Gen. Edward Rice Jr. during a ceremony Thursday. Gen. Mark Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony. Rand previously served as the 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command,…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt wins national nurse award

Posted  October 11, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Maj. Betty Venth, 56th Medical Group Family Health Flight commander, stands in front of Airmen she leads Oct. 1 in the 56th MDG Assembly Room. Venth recently received a national top nurse award for excellence in patient and staff management. A Luke Air Force Base Airman was named one of the top…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 11, 2013

Airman 1st Class Joshua Pant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Management apprentice Hometown: Austin, Texas Years in service: One Inspirations: Friends, family, God Goals: Score at least 90 on career development courses, complete a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and retire from the Air Force Greatest feat: Completing Basic Military Training along with Basic Expeditionary…

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News Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

Water interruption in base housing Water services will be interrupted to repair a water leak from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in base housing. After repair is completed, allow water to run for 10 minutes to allow system to clear. For more information, call Balfour Beatty Communities housing office at 623-388-3515. Tres Rios…

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Hard work, mentors lead to big block party success

Posted  October 11, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Luke Airmen engage their opponents in a game of tug-o-war Oct. 4 at Fowler Park. LEAD council members hosted a block party featuring games, food, music and a bouncy castle for children. Summer may be over, but the weather was just right Oct. 4 at Luke Air Force Base for…

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Lead from the front

Posted  October 11, 2013

As a senior NCO, I often wonder if we are grooming our Airmen for success. Are we grooming NCOs to be responsible, to take seriously our core values, embrace them as we should so they become the future senior NCOs we need them to be? Are we grooming our Airmen to know that sometimes the…

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Got wisdom?

Posted  October 11, 2013

I remember a story about two friends deer hunting in the woods and as fortune would have it, they acquired their prey with one swift and timely shot. It was a large and heavy six point buck that would fill the freezer and keep their families fed through the winter months. They dressed the deer…

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This week reminder to be safe around flames

Posted  October 11, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services hold a parade of historic fire trucks through base housing Oct. 5 to launch Fire Prevention Week festivities. October’s fire prevention week, reminds people of the dangers and destructive power fire holds when it burns out of control. In…

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Sports Shorts – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

Security forces wins flag football championship Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Staff Sgt. Michael DiCicco, 56th Security Forces Squadron, avoids defenders during the championship flag football game Oct. 10 against the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. SFS defeated AMXS 33-11. Flag football clinic A flag football clinic for youth program members,…

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