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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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Fly Over: ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Young Adam’

Posted  March 7, 2014

Available on Netflix: ‘Ghostbusters’ I was shocked and saddened to hear the news last week of the passing of Harold Ramis. He was, hands down, one of the great comedic minds of our time, having co-wrote, directed and starred in several comedy classics including “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Groundhog Day.” This…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Craig M. Mullaney “I wanted that future officer to weigh decisions with a supple mind and to be comfortable with nuance and uncertainty.” ~ Craig M. Mullaney Are you uncomfortable with uncertainty? Are you scared of the future? The decisions we make in life are not often easy: medical issues, care for elderly…

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Warthog at work …

Posted  March 7, 2014

  An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, practices attacking ground targets Feb. 20 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Gila Bend. The BMGR consists of 57,000 cubic miles of airspace where pilots practice air-to-air maneuvers and engage simulated targets. The range is the nation’s third largest military reservation and training…

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Pilot training exhausting, challenging, rewarding

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 308th Fighter Squadron has more than 45 pilots who are dedicated to the training and certification of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. But the FS only gets the new pilots after they have already been through officer training and initial flight training.

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Street Beat

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 24 through March 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 25: Security forces provided traffic control for a minor vehicle accident in the intersection of Litchfield Road and Lightning Street. Glendale police took control. There were…

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Housing Management Office: Helping Airmen find place to live

Posted  March 7, 2014

There is an office on Luke Air Force Base where Airmen can go who want information about off-base housing, information about living on base versus off base and a multitude of other housing-related questions.

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People First – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 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. Top AF…

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Air Force News – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

Hawaii An Airman found out she had cancer in October 2013 after a routine breast exam while she was stationed in England. Her office made arrangements for a humanitarian permanent change of station to Hawaii so she could be with her family. She continues her chemotherapy treatment at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu. Alaska An…

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Renaissance festival holds something for everyone

Posted  March 7, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Adam “Crack” Winrich blows on his fire whip during the Adam Crack whip show at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction. Winrich holds nine Guinness world records to include the longest whip ever cracked (216 feet long) and the most two-handed whip cracks in a minute (420). Hear ye, hear ye!…

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Base prepares for inspection

Posted  March 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer A service member logs off his computer Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Logging off your computer at the end of the day and leaving it powered on allows the 56th Communications Squadron Airmen to make updates that are vital to ensuring a healthy network and ultimately a passing score during…

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