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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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CONS: Who we are, what we do

Posted  May 10, 2013

When people ask me what my job is in the Air Force, I tell them contracting. The typical response is, “You’re a contractor?” Then, I have to explain that I am not a contractor but actually an active-duty Air Force officer who has been given the authority to spend taxpayer dollars in order to keep…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted  May 10, 2013

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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News Briefs: May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

756th AMXS COC Lt. Col. James Upchurch will relinquish command of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Lt. Col. Dominick Martin in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. May 23 in Hangar 913. LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will host a Murder Mystery Luau at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt. Zachary Milne Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical aircraft maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Rochester, N.Y. Years in service: Seven years Education: Community College of the Air Force aviation maintenance and instructor of technical military science Previous assignments: Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My family supports me…

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AETC, 56th Fighter Wing announce awards

Posted  May 10, 2013

The following individual is a 2013 Air Education and Training Command award winner: Honor Guard: Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 56th Fighter Wing The following indivduals are 2013 first quarter award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Samantha Sarmiento, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Aaron Kain, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO:…

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310th FS Top Hats remember lost warrior

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raise their glasses in a toast to Lt. Col. Frank ”Bruiser” Bryant in front of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center April 26. Bryant was killed two years ago when an Afghan opened fire in a meeting at the Northern Kabul International Airport killing…

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Health & Safety

When it comes to weather, don’t sweat it – be smart

Posted  May 10, 2013

It’s not called “The Valley of the Sun” for no reason. With a very mild winter, summers are hot in Arizona and can take a person by surprise. There are three types of heat conditions people need to be aware of so steps can be taken to avoid them. If not prepared to work or…

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BASH program keeps pilots, aircraft safe

Posted  May 10, 2013

In 2003 a Luke Air Force Base pilot was making an approach toward Gila Bend when a turkey vulture was sucked into the aircraft engine. The pilot ejected and survived, but unfortunately, the aircraft was lost. Incidents like this one prompted the creation of a program to keep pilots safe and save the Air Force…

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Tips reduce stress when moving out of dorm

Posted  May 10, 2013

Moving out of the dorm can be exciting for Airmen. It can give a sense of independence, but with newfound independence comes responsibility. “Like almost anything important in life, planning is key and can reduce stress when it’s time to move off base,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center…

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Swing batter-batter …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Denise Willhite Trentyn Brock, 4, son of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brock, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory journeyman, takes his turn swinging at a piñata that he and his Falcon classmates at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center decorated earlier in the week as an art project.

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