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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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Karzai says U.S. can have nine Afghan bases after 2014

Posted  May 24, 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has irked Washington with his frequent criticism of American military operations in his country, said May 9 that his government is now ready to let the U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014.

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198th RSG change of command

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Alberto C. Gonzalez, the Arizona National Guard assistant adjutant general, passes the guidon to Col. Steven Smith signifying the assumption on command of the 198th Readiness Support Group, May 5, 2013, at the Papago Military Reservation in Phoenix, Ariz.   U.S. soldiers bow their heads as the invocation is given during…

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Hagel issues memo directing preparations for civilian furloughs

Posted  May 24, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced May 14 that he has signed a memorandum directing defense managers to prepare to furlough most Defense Department civilian employees for up to 11 days between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Here is the text of the memo in its entirety: This memo directs…

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Joint effort aims to promote use of fully developed claims

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion have announced a new partnership to help reduce the compensation claims backlog for veterans. The effort – the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice – is a key part of VA’s overall transformation plan to end the backlog in 2015 and process claims…

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Veteran’s Resources

Posted  May 24, 2013

Veterans Administration www.va.gov Burial, Death Pension, Dependency Indemnity Compensation, Direct Deposit, Directions to VA Benefits Regional Offices, Disability Compensation, Disability Pension, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, Medical Care and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: 1-800-827-1000 Beneficiaries in receipt of Pension Benefits: 1-877-294-6380 Debt Management Center (Collection of Non-Medical Debts: 1-800-827-0648) Children of Women Vietnam Veterans, Foreign Medical…

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Redefining care, services for Gulf War veterans

Posted  May 24, 2013

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force will publish a comprehensive draft report in the Federal Register for public feedback and comment. The report describes how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been, and will continue to address the concerns of Veterans who deployed…

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New grants to help end homelessness

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced two new grants to support Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s goal of ending veterans’ homelessness in 2015. Under these new programs, homeless providers can apply for funding to enhance the facilities used to serve homeless veterans, and acquire vans to facilitate transportation of this population. “Those who have served…

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Senior enlisted advisers mark Armed Forces Day

Posted  May 24, 2013

To mark Armed Forces Day, the services’ senior enlisted advisers joined the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony here at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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Emerald Knights graduate 18

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 308th Fighter Squadron Emerald Knights will graduate 18 pilots today. They are, from left, 1st Lt. Connor Flynt, Capt. Eric Broyles, 1st Lt. Joe Walz, Capt. Nathaniel Halley; 1st Lts. Stephen Grace, Patrick Nolan, Kyle Bell, John Johnston, Christopher Hartman, Alex Kimber, Philip Messer, Mike Gallinoto, Nathan McCaskey, Benjamin Baci, Dan Doohen, Tyler McBride;…

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Lightning Leadership

Posted  May 17, 2013

Nearly a year ago, I arrived at Luke Air Force Base to be your command chief. Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my time digging into the biggest challenges for the enlisted corps. Through hundreds of discussions with Airmen of all ranks, I keep hearing the same thing; we want guidance, we want discipline,…

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