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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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Destination: Portland, Oregon

Posted  February 7, 2014

When people think about Portland, Ore., they may think of farms, wagons and pioneers. What they don’t know is Portland is not only filled with a diversity of cultures, but it’s also overflowing with friendly people, delicious food and a plethora of outdoorsy things to do.

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Big changes coming to pro-Gear shipment allowances

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Defense Travel Management Office has approved changes to the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Volume 1 and Joint Travel Regulations Volume 2 that significantly change the shipment of professional books, papers and equipment allowance as part of household goods shipments. PBP&E is also referred to as Pro or Pro Gear. The following changes apply to…

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Women’s CRUD tournament gets physical

Posted  February 7, 2014

It’s a game traditionally played by fighter pilots where two people compete to take the life of the opposing team’s ball. It’s called CRUD and on Jan. 31 female spouses, Airmen, and friends played in a women’s CRUD tournament at the Old Officer’s Club on Luke Air Force Base.

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Firefighters gear up for day

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Ellyn Shults, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, loads an oxygen tank onto a truck Tuesday during her morning checks at Luke Air Force Base. Firefighters check equipment daily for functionality since it can help save their lives. Shults is conducting training with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron.   Staff Sgt. Jon Wilson,…

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Air Force introduces Volume VIII of Portraits in Courage

Posted  February 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Air Force released its eighth volume of Portraits in Courage, highlighting three teams and 13 Airmen for their honor, valor, devotion and selfless sacrifice in the face of extreme danger to themselves and others. “Our Airmen are faced with situations like this each and every day around the globe,” wrote Air Force…

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People First – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 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. AF addresses…

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Air Force News – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Alaska Eielson Airmen put their Self-Aid Buddy Care skills to the test during an Operational Readiness Exercise Jan. 27 through 31. Various SABC scenarios were used to evaluate the Iceman Team’s reaction and response to emergency situations. Nevada Jan. 30 was anything but a normal day for the patients and staff at the Mike O’Callaghan…

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Security Information File Alert

Posted  February 7, 2014

A security information file is a collection of unfavorable information having a bearing on an individual’s loyalty, judgment, reliability or trustworthiness to protect classified information. The criterion for an SIF establishment is set forth in DOD 5200.2R, Appendix 8 (criminal conduct, drug involvement, alcohol consumption, etc.). This file is established by an individual’s unit commander….

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This week in history

Posted  February 7, 2014

Luke logs 1 million flying hours Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Col. John Nissley, then commander at Luke Field, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Lester Harris, director of training at Luke, Feb. 7, 1944, as Maj. Hugh Griffith Jr., base operations officer, and Capt. William Payton, assistant operations officer, look on. Since Feb. 7, 1944, the…

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Ducks graduate 11 to combat air force

Posted  February 7, 2014

Today, Class 13-EBG will take the next step on the long road to becoming combat mission-ready fighter pilots in the most lethal Air Force in the world. Their journey continues a long legacy of 309th Fighter Squadron fighter pilots who have fought in every war and conflict since World War II. Today’s graduation culminates eight…

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