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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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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 3, 2013

From concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot in the world's greatest Air Force

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Events for July 2013

Posted  July 3, 2013

July 7-12 – 19th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Cologne, Germany http://iaaweb.org/content/view/501/671/ July 7-12 – 8th Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, New York, N.Y. www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/insap-viii July 7-12 – ASA Annual Science Meeting 2013, Melbourne, Australia www.atnf.csiro.au/news/news.php?action=show_item&item_id=1156 July 7-13 – 20th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation/10th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Warsaw,…

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Luke holds stand-down day

Posted  June 28, 2013

Luke Air Force Base held a stand-down day on June 24 to focus on sexual assault prevention and the importance of treating fellow Airmen with dignity and respect. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a directive to each branch of service to use the stand-down to mitigate an ongoing trend of sexual misconduct across the Defense…

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Improving organizational trust perks results

Posted  June 28, 2013

Have you ever looked back at all the organizations you’ve been a part of and evaluated what makes an organization great? There is one characteristic that underlies every successful organization I have ever been a part of — trust. Organizational trust is a great characteristic for unit leadership and members to focus on improving in…

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Entrepreneurial talent found throughout military

Posted  June 28, 2013

When you think of an entrepreneur, perhaps an individual such as Henry Ford, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, or even the owner of your favorite local small business comes to mind. Quite often we think of entrepreneurs as men and women in the private sector who forge ahead on their own, armed with a dream, a plan…

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Luke AFB civilian furloughs begin next month

Posted  June 28, 2013

Federal budget cuts have hit home for Luke Air Force Base as hundreds of civilian employees will face furloughs beginning next month. Starting July 8, approximately 702 employees at Luke will be furloughed two days per pay period, for a total of 11 days through the end of September. This unpaid time off will cut…

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MOS says goodbye, functions move to MXG

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron will inactivate during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Hangar 914. As a squadron, the MOS is responsible for many aspects of what happens on the flightline. They do maintenance training for the 56th Maintenance Group, analyze maintenance data, do the planning and scheduling of flying hours, oversee quality…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 28, 2013

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Aviation resource manager Hometown: Cameron, Ariz. Years in Service: Seven Education: Completing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation management Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My mother showed me no matter how…

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This week in history: June 28

Posted  June 28, 2013

First air-to-air refueling Today, air-to-air refueling is a daily occurrence across the U.S. Air Force. But it was not always so. Ninety years ago this week, two Airmen successfully completed the first air-to-air refueling. On June 27, 1923, Lts. Lowell Smith and John Richter made the Army Air Service’s first complete hose refueling between two…

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Health & Safety

Fireworks explode into holiday, could cause injury

Posted  June 28, 2013

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is urging Americans to take extra care when celebrating with fireworks this Fourth of July. For most Americans, the celebration is a time for food, fun and fireworks, but in 2012 nearly 10,000 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. Burns were the most common, accounting for…

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