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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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Sports Shorts – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, backs down a defender during the intramural basketball championship game April 14 against 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated FSS 50-41. LRS takes B-ball championship 50-41 Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Last year, the 56th Force Support Squadron…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  April 25, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 15: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle in the parking lot of Bldg….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 25, 2014

When active-duty members receive their last leave and earnings statement on active duty, the LES will state that their end-of-month paycheck will be withheld. This is normal. Their final paycheck will be calculated manually by a comptroller technician to include (if applicable) leave sellback, separation/severance pay, and unpaid debts along with their regular pay. For…

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March of the Fallen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Military members and local community members gather April 20 to participate in the 2014 March of the Fallen event at the Raven Golf Course at Verrado in Buckeye.   The community comes together April 20 to show their support for fallen military members during the annual rucksack march.   Airmen represent the 56th Civil Engineer…

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Fly Over: ’47 Ronin’, and ‘Breaking Amish’

Posted  April 25, 2014

On DVD: 47 Ronin Set in feudal Japan, Keanu Reeves stars in the action-adventure epic, “47 Ronin.” After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves) – an enslaved half-breed they once…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 25, 2014

Courtesy photo Gen. John Pershing “A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while, on the contrary, an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.” ~ John Pershing 2 Corinthians 3:5 states, “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.”…

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ASU cadets go through ‘tough’ paces

Posted  April 25, 2014

Cadets stand at attention while reciting an article from the Military Code of Conduct April 18 at the event. One hundred and eighteen ASU cadets participated.   ASU cadets pull a 6,000-pound high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle at the ATSO area. The cadets were invited to Luke by Company Grade Officer Committee members, who planned…

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Airman wears two uniforms

Posted  April 25, 2014

Being in the Air Force Reserve gives Airmen the opportunity to serve their country while following their dreams to become just about anything in life. For some, the dream might be to be an actor or a musician, but for one 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Flight Airman, who is deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, his dream was to become a police officer.

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People First – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 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. Culture change…

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March honors fallen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, guest speaker, spoke April 20 during the kick-off of the March of the Fallen. Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded in 2007 while deployed to Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated in front of him. Airmen and local community members came together April 20…

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