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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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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted  March 15, 2013

In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service.

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Fly Over: ‘Dr. No’, ‘The Sound of Music’

Posted  March 15, 2013

On BluRay / DVD: ‘Dr. No’ 007’s first big-screen adventure   In honor of this week’s Thunderbolt history edition and the recent release of “Skyfall” on Bluray and DVD, I decided to write a review on the first James Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). Ian Fleming introduced James Bond to the world in a series…

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Oct. 7: Dream date, evening on the town offered Luke, Willie Airmen

Posted  March 15, 2013

Circa 1955, From the pages of the Jet Sun A beautiful girl, an afternoon and evening of dining and dancing, a new car to drive, with all expenses paid. What more could an Airman ask for? All he need ask for is the pleasure of escorting a lovely lass on this fabulous date. It’s all…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 15, 2013

“No man can safely be a superior but he who learns to live in subjection. No man can safely command but he who hath learned how to obey well.” ~ Thomas Kempis A presidential advisor was seated at a state dinner and caught a side glance of blue trousers with yellow stripes nearby. The serving staff…

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Luke’s History – EXTREME weather …

Posted  March 15, 2013

Intense storms caused the Dysart Drainage Canal north of base to overflow Oct. 20, 1992, which resulted in more than $3 million in damages to base housing. The base flooded because of land subsiding 17 feet due to long-term pumping of ground water used by the base and local farmers.   Heavy rains flooded Luke…

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Sports Shorts – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Get the ball Courtesy of Jet Journal, May 12, 1972 Air Force Academy soccer player Steve Hansel goes after the ball against a Colorado College player in a recent Academy victory. The Academy team meets the German student pilots of Luke at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Alhambra High School field. The game is for the…

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NASCAR visits Luke

Posted  March 8, 2013

photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH FROM LEFT: Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sign NASCAR memorabilia Feb. 28 during a visit to the base. The two drivers signed autographs, posed for photos and talked with service members during a meet and greet arranged by the USO. Two NASCAR drivers visited Luke Air Force Base Feb….

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Trio of Luke aviators to become test pilots

Posted  March 8, 2013

The history of aviation is full of legendary pilots, which include test pilots such as Chuck Yeager and some of the men chosen to be part of the Mercury program in the early days of the space program. Luke Air Force Base has three pilots who will take to the skies and test a variety…

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Small gestures … big dividends

Posted  March 8, 2013

Analog leaders in a digital world Promotions, retirements, rendering a salute, giving a firm handshake; how about saying “Hello” as you pass people in your work environment or when you’re out in the community? Even a smile or nod of acknowledgement would be a great start. What about supporting squadron and base intramural teams and…

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Retiring chief shares parting thoughts

Posted  March 8, 2013

I will retire from the United States Air Force after 30 years and 26 days of active-duty service at 12:30 p.m. March 15 in the 425th hangar. Preparing for this event has brought to mind many thoughts of reflection and pride. Serving as an Airman in all enlisted ranks and serving the interests of our…

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