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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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Engineers prepare for action downrange

Posted  November 22, 2013

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron embarked on an annual training exercise to help them prepare for deployments known as Prime BEEF Nov. 13 and 14 at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 22, 2013

Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, tells about the Roman aqueduct at Segovia, in his native Spain. It was built in A.D. 109. For 1,800 years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly 60 generations of men drank from its flow. Then came another generation, a recent one that said,…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 22, 2013

• Setting up an allotment to a savings account is a great way to build a money “safety net.” Just $50 a month will accrue $600 in a year, enough to cover next year’s holiday gifts or that emergency car repair. Log onto myPay website at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx and enter the financial institution’s routing transit number,…

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This Week in History

Posted  November 22, 2013

Courtesy photo Luke Air Force Base students use old-style furniture on a tile floor prior to changes implemented by Gen. Wilbur Creech to improve the workplace for Airmen. 1953: Creech joins Thunderbirds at Luke A Luke Air force Base captain joined the Thunderbird Aerial Demonstration Team at Luke more than 60 years ago this month….

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People First – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 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. Women seminar…

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Air Force News – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

CMSAF launches worldwide CHIEFchat, answers questions Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody shared his perspective on the past, present and future of the Air Force with Airmen, Air Force civilians and their families Nov. 12, during a worldwide CHIEFchat session at the headquarters of the Defense Media Activity. Reduction in force and…

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Street Beat

Posted  November 22, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a report of a minor traffic accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 1240. An individual backed into…

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Staying fit through holidays calls for good choices

Posted  November 22, 2013

Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Airman Thomas Cooper, 372nd Training Squadron student crew chief, tries to decide between pumpkin pie and getting a good workout Nov. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Indiscriminate binge eating and lack of physical activity make up the perfect recipe for adding on holiday pounds. Tis the season for family get-togethers, office…

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62nd FS shines at Haboob Havoc

Posted  November 22, 2013

Jasmine Holahan FROM LEFT: Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd Fighter Squadron B-Flight commander; Lt. Col. Frank Bricel, 69th FS assistant director of operations; Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander; Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd FS commander; and Maj. Sean Holahan, 69th FS instructor pilot, pose with the trophy for the overall winning team of the…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior Airman Felicia Kenney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knowledge operations manager Hometown: Millbrook, Ala. Years in service: Three Family: Parents Tra-c and David Kenney, and three younger sisters Education: Attended Tuskegee University and University of Maryland University College. Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My supervisor pushes me to be the best Airman I…

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