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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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Salutes & Awards

56th Fighter Wing captures ‘Outstanding Unit’ award

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing has an illustrious history of accomplishments and awards, and another chapter was added to that history. The results for the Air Force Outstanding Unit were released Feb. 27 from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, and Luke Air Force Base’s 56th FW was awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the…

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Civic leader tour

Posted  March 22, 2013

Michael Wynne, former Secretary of the Air Force, and his wife, Barbara, are escorted by Chief Master Sgt. Reginald Franks, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight chief, on a tour of the hush houses March 15 during a visit to Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force Civic Leader program brings national leaders together to…

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Micro to macro – What’s the smallest thing you care about?

Posted  March 22, 2013

What’s the smallest thing you care about in your job here at Luke Air Force Base? Many times in our work centers the “big things” have a way of prioritizing themselves, at least at first glance. Regardless of your work center, you know what the big things are. You are probably ticking them off in…

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Argument construction

Posted  March 22, 2013

One of the most vocal issues in American politics today is the gun control debate. This article does not seek to take sides in the debate, rather to temper the way in which Airmen choose to take part. Hopefully this will lead to more constructive debate tactics for this and future issues. What we write…

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EMS assumption of command

Posted  March 22, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Kathryn Roman, March 19 as she assumes command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Hanger 485 on Luke Air Force Base.

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AFAF reaches for 2013 goal

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off Monday at Luke Air Force Base and continues through May 3. The Air Force-wide campaign raises funds to benefit Airmen and their families, including active-duty members, retirees, reservists, guardsmen and surviving spouses. Last year, Luke members contributed $90,000 exceeding the goal by $20,000. This year’s goal is $68,513, but…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Annual Auction Night dinner is April 11. Social hour is 5 p.m., dinner is 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at Club Five Six. All funds raised in the silent auction, live auction and raffle go to the scholarship fund…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Brendon Garwood 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Intermediate Station Team Member Hometown: Dupo, Ill. Years in service: One Goals: To finish my career development courses, capture below-the-zone and test for staff sergeant as soon after as possible; ultimately to become a chief Greatest feat: Graduating basic training and tech school Self-description: I’m…

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Airmen share community spirit with students

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Staff Sgt. Michael Banks, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting officer, assists kindergartners with donning deployment gear March 8 at Littleton Elementary School in Avondale. Banks was one of many volunteers to visit the children during the school’s community day. Airmen from Luke Air Force Base participated March 8 in the Littleton…

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Health & Safety

Abuse, disposal of prescription drugs big problems

Posted  March 22, 2013

Abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and unfortunately, this trend is reflected in the military including the Air Force. To combat this problem, the Defense Department has expanded drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs. This increased testing has been underway since May 1,…

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