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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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Inner drive pushed All-American to qualify for 2008 Olympics

Posted  July 12, 2013

2nd Lt.CANDICE DILLITTE Airman 1st Class Kyle Young, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport systems apprentice, squats 225 pounds July 2 as part of his workout at the 607th ACS gym. Young works out ten times a week to maintain fitness. Every Airman has a story to tell. However, not every Airman’s story involves them…

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

AF ball – Save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Finance office hours change The finance customer service office will…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Lloydon Balili 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry apprentice Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif. Years in service: Two Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in ophthalmic technician and bachelor’s in Christian ministry Inspirations: My mother and older sister always made me want to be better; they both work hard to…

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Air Force announces E-6 promotions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The promotion list for technical sergeant was released Air Force wide June 27. The following staff sergeants have been selected for promotion at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Christopher Huckins 56th Comptroller Squadron Magen Baker 56th Training Squadron Thomas Duggan, Ramon Escobedo and Jonie Escorpiso 56th Operations Support Squadron Angela Gonzalez, Christopher Moylan…

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ALS graduates 33 Airmen in class 13-5

Posted  July 12, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 32 senior airmen June 27 from Class 13-5. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Stephen Dobbins, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Michael Imler, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Riley Watson, 162nd LRS Commandant’s…

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Luke member rescues girl, earns award

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Joseph Sana, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 911 dispatcher, pose for a photo June 25 at a ceremony where he received a lifesaving award for actions he took April 19 to save a young girl from a dog attack. The ceremony took place at Surprise City Hall. Joseph…

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Number of shoplifters increases in 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Upward trend of theft causes concern for base exchange officials Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles on shoplifting at Luke. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange caught 32 shoplifters in 2012. By comparison, this year, 34 people have already been caught as of Sunday trying to steal on base. The…

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Administrative actions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The administrative actions Luke follows when non active-duty servicemembers, reservists or guardsmen are caught shoplifting: Dependents of military members, retired military members and ID card holding dependents of retirees: Shoplifting no matter the amount, will result in a one-year Army Air Force Exchange Services suspension. Police with the 56th SFS will notify Glendale police. A…

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Luke AFB makes tumor patient’s dream come true

Posted  July 12, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Glenn Schallman listens as 1st Lt. Patrick Nolan, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, goes over the controls of an F-16 on the flightline June 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Schallman suffers from a rare form of brain tumor that was deemed inoperable in 2002. Glenn Schallman suffers from a rare form…

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Time to think monsoon

Posted  July 12, 2013

Monsoon season has officially started, which means Arizonans can expect intermittent bouts of pelting rains, high winds and dangerous lightning strikes. The inclement weather, particularly the winds and lightning, are a common cause of summertime electric outages. Tips to help prepare for a potential power interruption and to stay safe if one does occur are:…

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