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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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People First – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 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. SSgt promotion…

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Air Force News – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Pennysylvania A former Army Air Force aerial gunner based out of Hethel, England, received a Prisoner of War Medal nearly seven decades after his internment in a Swiss prison during World War II. He is one of the 11 surviving Airmen who were interned at Camp Wauwilermoos. Honduras Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint…

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This week in history

Posted  February 14, 2014

Feb. 10, 1994: First U.S. Air Force female fighter pilot graduates Courtesy photo 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn, the first U.S. Air Force female fighter pilot, prepares for flight at Luke Air Force Base. Twenty years ago this week at Luke Air Force Base, 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn became the U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter…

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Fire Station 361 facilities get facelift

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Contractors work on the new shower facilities Feb. 7 at Luke Air Force Base Fire Station 361. The fire station is adding more sinks, urinals, showers and lockers to accommodate an increase in manning. Luke Air Force Base Fire Station 361’s bathroom will get a much needed renovation throughout the next…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  February 14, 2014

ALS graduates 49 from class 1402 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 46 senior airmen and three staff sergeants Feb. 6 from class 14-2. The students are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Benjamin McCloud, 607th Air Control Squadron Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Jesse Stanton, 56th…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Combat armament support team leader Hometown: Tinian, Guam Years in service: Six years Family: My wife, Kaila Leota Manglona; daughter, Anella Terisa, 1; and son, Manasseh Iosefa Leota Manglona, 2 months Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, minoring in nutrition at Estrella Mountain Community College Previous…

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News Briefs February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Finance office hours The finance office will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 21. Normal office hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 24. For more information, call 623-856-6035. African American Heritage luncheon The African American Heritage luncheon is 11 a.m. Feb. 28 in Club Five Six. The guest speaker is Cloves Campbell Jr., Arizona Informant…

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Lightning Leadership: developing Airmen to lead

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, leads a discussion during Lightning Leadership Feb. 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders through guided discussions. Airmen from across base gathered to learn about leadership…

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Be willing to work hard, improve self

Posted  February 14, 2014

With the New Year under way everyone has begun their so-called New Year’s resolution. It’s the same story every year. People set a goal and take their first steps to achieve it as soon as the clock strikes midnight and the calendar switches over. You see these people in the gym working hard. You talk…

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Luke has long history of good partnerships

Posted  February 14, 2014

In today’s world, partnerships are more important than ever. They exist at all levels, from strategic to personal, and take on many different faces. The hope of all partnerships is a common goal in which all who are involved benefit through respective strengths that aid in overcoming weaknesses. There are usually many challenges that must…

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