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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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February: Month to increase security, force protection awareness

Posted  January 31, 2014

February is Security Awareness Month. The purpose is to increase security and force protection awareness and provide training and exercises that focus on that awareness. Ultimately, we want to perpetuate a culture in which each and every person in our Air Force community is aware. Each individual is a critical element in the force protection…

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People First – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

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. DOD releases…

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Air Force News – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Alaska While recently deployed to Papua New Guinea for a Joint Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command mission, Staff Sgt. Joseph Riemer, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, put his combat life-saver skills to work to save the life of an injured local. Florida Fire detailers from the U.S. Forest Service…

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What Airmen need …

Posted  January 31, 2014

Senior Airman Darryl Pruitt, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels specialist, places a stroller in a shopping cart Jan. 21 at the Airman’s Attic located in Bldg. 750. Pruitt stopped by the Airman’s Attic to pick up a few items for a new baby. The Airman’s Attic supports active-duty service members from all branches in the…

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Come prepared for next A&FRC job fair

Posted  January 31, 2014

For those transitioning out of active-duty service or for those who are inexperienced with the process of applying for a new job, the prospect of interviewing for a job can be daunting, but coming prepared can make the difference between who gets hired and who does not. “It is important to be prepared for an…

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Airmen complete hands-on SABC training

Posted  January 31, 2014

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA First Lt. Marissa Rossi, 56th Fighter Wing protocol chief, tightens a tourniquet on the arm of Master Sgt. Cindy Spivey, 56th Comptroller Squadron financial analysis NCO-in-charge, Jan. 17 during the hands-on portion of the self aid buddy care training. Five Airmen from the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies completed the hands-on portion…

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Safety: Priority 1 to kick off year right

Posted  January 31, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Hunt, Naval Operations Support Center avionics technician chief, demonstrates proper form to reduce the risk of injury Jan. 27 in the warrior fitness center. Since 2004, the Air Force has lost approximately 400 personnel due to recreational activities, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety…

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Safety award winners named

Posted  January 31, 2014

The following individuals are quarterly safety award winners: Wing Flight Maintenance: Staff Sgt. Matthew Jones, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Wing Flight Safety: Maj. Matthew Chisam, 310th Fight Squadron

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Seth MacDougall 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource management assistant NCO in charge Hometown: Duluth, Minn. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Jessica; and son, Warren Education: Pursuing a human resource management degree in at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Recruiter in Milwaukee, Wis., and Iron Mountain, Minn.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.;…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Professional development op Participants of the Luke Air Force Base Library Reading Rewards program can receive a free copy of USA Today 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library. Select two articles with unfamiliar words and meet in a group or one-on-one with an instructor at…

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