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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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Health & Safety

STREET BEAT

Posted  April 26, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 15 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Emergency responses April 12: Security forces responded…

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Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center looks for more patients – no waiting list

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airmen who are sick of living day to day with their glasses and contacts have an opportunity to leave them all behind. The Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center has no waiting list and is looking for new Airmen who wish to eliminate their dependency…

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Air Force News – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Sequestration will affect force readiness The four branches of the military delivered another warning to Congress April 18 that a prolonged budget sequester will significantly affect military readiness, and could leave the services unable to carry out defense strategy. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer told lawmakers sequestration has forced the cancellation…

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People First – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 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. VA expedites…

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MDG goes all out at bash

Posted  April 26, 2013

Guy McAdams, 56th Medical Group, starts a water fight April 19 during the 2013 MDG Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base Fowler Park. The event featured activities including a kickball tournament.   Justin Harris, civilian, and Senior Airman Cortney Davis, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, lift a tire during the warrior-fit event at the mash…

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Commentary

Fly Over: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’, and Saigon Kitchen

Posted  April 26, 2013

For Xbox 360 and Playstation 3: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ NetherRealm is still in the game I am a huge fan of fighting games, particularly the “Mortal Kombat” series. This was a little difficult for me during the latter part of the Midway publishing era, when the “MK” designers were rushed into releasing mediocre installments….

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Girl scouts get ‘dog show’

Posted  April 26, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Lopez, center, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, talks to girl scouts about the kennel facility and his experience working with the MWDs April 16 when the girls visited Luke Air Force Base. The girl scouts delivered 300 cases, about 2,600 boxes, of cookies in support of Operation Thunderbox, a…

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Learned behavior must match Air Force standards

Posted  April 26, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Sexual assault and harassment are rightfully in the forefront of Defense Department and Air Force leadership concerns. Leaders speak continually about the damages sexual assault and harassment inflict upon Airmen, the unit and the mission. Their command emphasis helps highlight a problem endemic in our ranks. At the end of the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 26, 2013

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your task.” ~ Phillips Brooks Where do you set “the bar” for yourself in life? Do you put your standards and goals within easy reach? Or do you put them just…

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Sports Shorts – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Golfers get primer on basics Ed Wieczkiewicz, lead golf instructor, coaches Hee Lee, 56th Fighter Wing legal office, the proper way to hold a golf club during the Link Up 2 Golf event.   Participants take turns hitting golf balls during the Link Up 2 Golf event April 16 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course…

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