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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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TRICARE service center changes

Posted  March 1, 2013

“There is nothing permanent except change,” are words credited to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. In the coming months members can expect to see some changes in the administration of health benefits locally. One change has been UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans moving Feb. 19 into the 56th Medical Group TRICARE service center. This was the first…

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Be worthy of admiration – act like a superhero

Posted  March 1, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime. Everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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New chiefs shine brightly

Posted  March 1, 2013

Luke’s newest chief master sergeants are recognized by attendees of the Chief Recognition Ceremony.

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Street Beat – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Kiowa Street and Lalomai Street. There were no injuries. Feb. 21:…

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Fly Over: ‘The Host’, ‘Super 8’

Posted  March 1, 2013

In theaters: In bookstores…. ‘The Host’ Alien parasites take over human race I know what you are all thinking … not another story by Stephanie Meyer where a girl crushes on a vampire, a werewolf crushes on the same girl and the girl chooses the vampire in the end. I promise this book has no…

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Exchange store manager lends helping hand in Afghanistan

Posted  March 1, 2013

DALLAS — Putting in 14-hour workdays seven days a week in a combat zone would be enough excitement for most people. But Army & Air Force Exchange Service store manager Maria Schizas-Price wanted to do more. So she volunteered with a local Navy detachment to reach out to the local community near her base in…

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POL gasses up F-16s

Posted  March 1, 2013

Every day, Airmen across Luke Air Force Base get their hands dirty to get the mission accomplished. One of the dirtiest jobs on base may be in the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Flight.

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Vet shares thoughts on black history

Posted  March 1, 2013

African-American Heritage Month just concluded, and as I reflect on the event some thoughts have come to mind. Why do we celebrate Black History Month is a question that you might get from younger Airmen and NCOs. As a leader I thought I would give you at least my perspective on the value of a…

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Sports Shorts – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Flag football all-stars get challenged   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Morgan Gore, 56th Communications Squadron, runs backwards toward the end of the cone during the flag football all-star quarterback challenge Feb. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Gore completed the drill in 21 seconds.   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams…

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Pronghorn continue to thrive

Posted  February 22, 2013

Aaron Alvidrez Dan Garcia, 56th Range Management Office En­vironmental Sciences chief, holds the head of a pronghorn while the marking and veterinary team members process it for relocation. An estimated 85 percent of the U.S. population of Sonoran pronghorn died during a severe drought in 2001 and 2002. They inhabit the Barry M. Goldwater Range,…

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