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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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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  May 3, 2013

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams One reason the old adage, “actions speak louder than words,” remains in circulation is because it proves true. Words can motivate or inspire, but it is usually words combined with actions of…

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UDMs to ready warfighters

Posted  May 3, 2013

The additional duty of a unit deployment manager includes a variety of responsibilities. They can range from ensuring personnel and resources are prepared to deploy to acting as liaison between higher authority and deploying members. Being responsible for a successful deployment for more than 100 members can be stressful and rewarding at the same time,…

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Air Force News – May 5, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

AF uses innovative tactics to tackle sexual assault issue As part of an innovative initiative to reduce sexual assault across the Air Force, Minot Air Force Base has partnered with the Gracie Academy to certify 100 men and women of the U.S. Air Force in the Gracie Women Empowered program, April 15 to 19. In…

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People First – May 5, 2013

Posted  May 3, 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. Sr. DOD…

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Fire training lights up night

Posted  May 3, 2013

Firefighters with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron enter the “immediately dangerous to life and health zone” and begin putting out ground fires as the exterior safety officer looks on during the training.   Senior Airman Sandra Welch Firefighters with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron drive a P-19 Stryker fire truck to use large quantities of…

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Health & Safety

Drive hammered, get nailed – twice for military

Posted  May 3, 2013

Making the choice to drink and drive can negatively affect not only possible victims but also a career, family and future endeavors. For the military member, there is another layer of woes to consider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related crash every 33 minutes. In…

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Fly Over: ‘Breaking Bad’, and ‘Hounded’ The Iron Druid Chronicles

Posted  May 3, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Breaking Bad’ Personally, I’m not the type to watch a television drama series unless it’s Korean drama, but since “Breaking Bad” was on the Netflix “top watched list,” I decided to give it a chance. The show begins with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an over-qualified high school chemistry teacher, working a second job…

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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‘Zoo’ comes to CDC

Posted  May 3, 2013

Brittney Powers, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium education specialist, displays a blue-tongued skink. Other animals that visited the CDC included the African pygmy hedgehog, ball python, African spurred tortoise and more. The African spurred tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. Adults are usually 36-inches long and can weigh 200 pounds….

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Sports Shorts – May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

CES gets groove on Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the 56th CES begin a 2 ½-mile run across base. The route was from the gym to the CES compound and back.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron performs stretches prior to a physical training session Tuesday in the Luke Air Force…

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