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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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Trip reduction survey gauges success

Posted  February 22, 2013

Maricopa County Air Quality Department recently sent out the annual trip reduction survey and Luke Air Force Base is within the area affected by the survey. The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the State of Arizona’s response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One…

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Exceeding standards, expectations must be daily goal

Posted  February 22, 2013

Every Airman’s ability to go above and beyond what’s expected of him begins long before joining the U.S. Air Force. Along the way, we do it for spouses, family, friends, supervisors, community and maybe even ourselves. But is it done rarely, occasionally or often? Whatever the answer, as Airmen we now must challenge ourselves to…

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Weather keeps lives, resources safe

Posted  February 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Jerry Conley, 56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight forecaster, checks forecasts of the local area Feb. 12 at the base operations building on Luke Air Force Base. The weather section helps keep Luke’s pilots safe by providing up-to-date information about the weather and potential hazards that may occur….

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News Briefs: February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

MiCARE Luke Air Force Base outpatient clinic will soon start using MiCARE to communicate with patients assigned to primary care managers through a confidential secure online email messaging service called MiCare. To register, complete a MiCare registration form within the next two months. Adults must register in person. For pediatric patients, a parent must complete…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Steven Jones 56th Training Squadron Air Education and Training Command Formal Training Instructor – Weapons Director Hometown: Fresno, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Lindsey Education: Community College of the Air Force air and space operations technology and instructor of technology and military science Previous assignments: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho…

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Black and White Ball

Posted  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski, 56th Communications Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Timothy Farr, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, chat during cocktail hour of the Black and White Ball Saturday at Luke Air Force Base. The ball, themed “At the crossroads of freedom…

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Viking challenge back for third time

Posted  February 22, 2013

The Logistics Officers Association Viking Challenge is a 10-hour, 10-person team, one-mile continuous relay marathon held annually as a fundraiser benefiting the LOA Enlisted Scholarship Fund on Luke Air Force Base. This is the third annual event here at Luke, and last year’s event raised $7,500 in scholarship money given to local Airmen. The goal…

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Open season at exchange

Posted  February 22, 2013

Outdoor enthusiasts have a new option when gearing up for the hunt as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service cuts the ribbon on a counter dedicated exclusively to firearms and ammunition. While the exchange is focused on saving Airmen time and money when shopping for rifles, holsters and other gun accessories, this new assortment…

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Air Force News – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Welsh: Sequestration will ‘undermine’ readiness Unprecedented budget factors have placed the nation’s defense strategy in jeopardy, senior Defense Department leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 12. During his opening remarks, the chief of staff of the Air Force stressed the severity of the current fiscal situation. “Sequestration threatens to carve crucial capability from…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 22, 2013

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to the shoppette. There were no injuries. Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a hit and run…

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