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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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Chaplain’s passion to serve helps Airmen, families

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant and Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th FW deputy chaplain, pose Tuesday in front of the Luke Community Chapel. Chaplain Barns leads the base chapel worship services and is actively involved in the chapel ministries programs. The Luke Air Force Base community chapel sits on…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  March 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. John Squire 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician Hometown: Augusta, Ga. Years in service: 10 Education: Two Community College of the Air Force degrees; tactical aircraft maintenance and mental health services Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Kunsan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My mother completed 20 years in the…

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News Briefs March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

FOD walk A mandatory foreign object debris walk is at 7 a.m. March 17. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Larry Isaac, 56th Fighter Wing FOD Prevention NCO in charge, at 623-856-6767. Hangar party A pre-airshow hangar party for service members, their families and honorary commanders is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Hangar 999. Events…

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EFMP helps special needs military families

Posted  March 7, 2014

Life in the military can be stressful for active-duty personnel and their families. With change-of-duty stations and times of separation, this can be especially challenging for service members with dependents who have special needs. To make the move from one base to another smooth, the Exceptional Family Member Program is available to assist military families…

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Find answer, don’t pass buck

Posted  March 7, 2014

What do you do when your subordinate asks you a challenging question? The question could be about anything such as career progression advice, educational advancement, family emergencies or Air Force instruction clarification. How do you respond to your subordinate? Do you quickly pass the buck and refer him to the group superintendent, first sergeant, or…

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Drawdowns make communication vital

Posted  March 7, 2014

In 1991, I departed Saudi Arabia post Operation Desert Storm. At the time I couldn’t imagine the day I would return to King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dhahran, also known as the “Kingdom,” but 23 years later I have returned. From the control tower here, I could look out over the massive equipment yards all…

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‘Lightning in the Desert’ Tips, info help guests make most of open house experience

Posted  March 7, 2014

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Lightning in the Desert” Air Show and Open House March 15 and 16. The event is open to the public and admission is free. It is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic in…

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Open house to reunite Tuskegee Airmen, P-51

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Tuskegee Airmen from the 332nd Fighter Group pose beneath a P-51 Mustang at Ramitelli, Italy. Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen and the P-51 will be at the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. FROM LEFT: Lts. Dempsey Morgran, Carroll Woods…

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How do I get there?

Posted  March 11, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron and Glendale Police Department want to minimize traffic congestion and provide our guests and personnel quick access to the base and parking areas. The following will guide guests to three parking areas: Lot A (park and walk), Lot B (park and ride) and Handicapped Parking. Parking Lot A – $10…

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Static Displays Part 5

Posted  March 11, 2014

F-22 Raptor Mission The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances and defeat threats attempting to deny access to our nation’s Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.  …

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