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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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News Briefs March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Staff Sgt. Matthew L. Dennison is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims for or against the estate should call 2nd…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Senior Airman Leonila Celestino 607th Air Control Squadron Command support staff Hometown: Oak Harbor, Wash. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in information management from Rio Salado Community College Previous assignments: Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing is free and…

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Werewolf hits 3,000 hours in F-16

Posted  March 29, 2013

Reaching 3,000 F-16 flying hours is a milestone few pilots reach in their entire career. On the first day of spring, the list of pilots who have reached that milestone added one more name.

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Steps for ‘Mustang’ no easy ride

Posted  March 29, 2013

In the military, Mustang is a term used for someone who is commissioned after being enlisted. It’s not a walk in the park for enlisted Airmen to earn a commission. In fact, there are various steps needed to be taken prior to applying to a commissioning program. One of the first steps is to attend…

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Promotion wisdom comes from retired chief

Posted  March 29, 2013

In my 40-plus years serving on both active duty and working as an Air Force civilian, one question seems to surface each time the promotion list is released. What does it take to get promoted? The question applies to our newest Airmen, NCOs and our senior NCOs. Although each Airman’s experiences differ, I believe to…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Jesus Artesi 56th Medical Support Squadron Information systems technician 1. How do you stay fit? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I keep training for competitions, the team I lead and being the best I can be. 3. Favorite music to work out to? Greydon Square. 4. Favorite workout? Grappling. 5….

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Days of Remembrance: Why should I care?

Posted  March 29, 2013

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Days of Remembrance” are April 7 through 14. Some may say, “I am not Jewish, so why should I care?” While this observance is closely tied to the remembrance of the Nazi led Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s in Europe and has strong a connection with the Jewish faith…

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Street Beat – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Marchch 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 17: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident on the second floor of the Luke Air Force Base Exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March…

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Air Force News – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

EOD Airman receives fifth Bronze Star A Bronze Star with Valor was recently presented to an explosive ordnance disposal technician making him only the fifth Airman to receive five Bronze Star medals. Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Air Force Special Operations School Force Protection Branch NCO-in-charge, said receiving this particular Bronze Star was humbling for him. Lt….

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People First – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 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. Plan early…

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