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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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Volunteering for Pat’s run …

Posted  April 26, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. Steven Pleasants, 56th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, and Capt. Tony Short, 56th SFS operations officer, salute during the national anthem Saturday before the 9th Annual Pat’s Run outside the Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event…

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Base housing not just roof over head

Posted  April 26, 2013

Everyone needs a place to live. Military members have the option of living in the local community or living in base housing. Those who choose to live on Luke Air Force Base become acquainted with Balfour Beatty Communities. Almost 17 years ago Congress established the Military Housing Privatization Initiative as a tool to help the…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 26, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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First sergeant nothing to fear; here to help

Posted  April 26, 2013

This goes out to everyone in the 56th Fighter Wing, “Do not be afraid of your first sergeant.” We are not the people some may portray us to be. I have heard many times during my six years as a shirt that the only people in the shirt’s office are getting in trouble. That is…

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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE Senior Airman Nicholas Liuzzi, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, performs a pushup at the Luke Air Force Base track April 17. Pushups help in strengthening abdominal muscles. Core muscles engage while helping to support the body during a pushup. Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While…

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Local Briefs: April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. today in Hangar 408. CES change of command Lt. Col. Chad Bondurant will relinquish command of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron to Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon at 8 a.m. May…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st Class Adrian Moreno 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron>br/> Maintenance scheduler Hometown: Melrose Park, Ill. Years in service: One Family: Mom, dad and two brothers Education: Two years at Marquette University; would like to pursue a career in astronomy and physics Greatest feat: Traveled to Zambia, Africa, for humanitarian purposes Famous last words: “Better to…

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Navajo Code Talkers turned course of WWII

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE FROM LEFT: Bill Toledo, Robert Walley and Alfred Newman, World War II Navajo code talker veterans, pose for a photo April 12 at the Luke Air Force Base exchange. The three veterans visited Luke to educate the public about the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in WWII. Three World War…

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MXG announces AETC, quarterly awards

Posted  April 26, 2013

The following individuals are Air Education and Training Command award winners: 2012 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners Munitions missile maintenance Technician: Senior Airman Brian Runyan, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Civilian technician: Dale Wollschlager, 56th EMS Manager: Master Sgt. William McClannan, 56th EMS Civilian manager: Lester Alexander, 56th EMS Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows,…

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What goes down stormdrain will come up

Posted  April 26, 2013

Do you know what is going down your storm drain? At Luke Air Force Base, we have more than 1,400 industrial processes that could potentially harm Arizona’s watershed. Now consider the 1.5 million residents in the Valley! Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or…

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