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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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March: Women’s History Month

Posted  March 26, 2012

Senior Airmen Taylor Philpot, Jamel Stallings and Landon Moore, Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard, lower the flag March 8 during the Women’s History Month retreat ceremony. This year’s theme is Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment and recognizes the pioneering leadership of women and their impact on diverse areas of education. For more photos…

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New policy means faster access to emergency funds

Posted  March 26, 2012

The Air Force Aid Society released a new policy that can help some Airmen needing cash for emergencies. As of March 1 the AFAS Falcon Loan policy allows active-duty Air Force members to borrow up to $750 for emergency needs for authorized purposes. The repayment period will continue to be three to 10 months. The…

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Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Posted  March 26, 2012

“21 Jump Street,” the new action/comedy flick from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, starts off strong and has some truly funny moments, but it ultimately proves uneven, falling prey to the pitfalls of this hybrid genre. The film is a remake of the 1987-1991 TV series of the same name, with a few modern twists and a few more laughs. The movie stars Jonah…

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Movie Review: The Science of Sleep

Posted  March 26, 2012

Imagine you’re able to render through a visual medium a collection of your most colorful, emotional and insightful dreams. Now imagine if those dreams came from a creative, intellectual genius like Friedrich Nietzsche, Leonardo da Vinci or Edgar Allen Poe. Michel Gondry is to visual media…

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Colorectal cancer survivor visits Luke during awareness month

Posted  March 26, 2012

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which calls attention to the disease and recognizes those who lost their lives due to it. However, it’s also a time for survivors to communicate to those currently battling the cancer and provide guidance on how to survive the disease. DeeDee Tart…

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Women’s History Month: Women at Luke

Posted  March 26, 2012

From young Airmen to chiefs, supply technicians to pilots, women at Luke Air Force Base make a difference every day. Every person has a different story “” a different reason for joining and continuing to serve. Here are the stories of six Luke women, gathered by six 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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Chaplain thoughts…

Posted  March 26, 2012

“We have an unknown distance to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we know not. Ah, well! We may conjecture many things.” ~ John Wesley Powell Fear of the unknown: it can stop us…

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Vintage – Title to the post

Posted  March 26, 2012

The T-33A Shooting Star was on display Saturday during the annual Classic Jet Aircraft Association convention held March 15 through Sunday at Luke Air Force Base. This aircraft was built in 1956 and served as a basic military trainer jet.

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People First

Posted  March 27, 2012

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. Women’s roles…

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Air Force News, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

AF extends retroactive stop loss application window Airmen eligible for the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Program who did not apply before the fall deadline will have another opportunity to do so, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Airmen who were unable to submit a claim will be able to do so through Oct. 21,…

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