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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

Sports Shorts – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

Wallyballers get air time   Michael Imholte, 56th FSS, spikes the ball over the net in the second wallyball game. Imholte’s hit scored a point for FSS.   Caitlin Williams, 56th Force Support Squadron, hits the ball to a teammate during the second wallyball game against 56th MOS. MOS defeated the FSS 25-21 during the…

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Wing luncheon honors Dr. King

Posted  February 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy speaks to the crowd Monday at the Luke Air Force Base MLK Day luncheon in Club Five Six. Kennedy spoke on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message as it pertains to today’s issues. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of…

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5th CMSAF shares wisdom, humor

Posted  February 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, fifth CMSAF, speaks with Luke Airmen during an enlisted call Jan. 25 at the Luke Air Force Base Theater. Gaylor shared with Airmen his four steps to success that included training, technology, tribe and trust. Retired Chief Master Sgt. of…

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Loyalty critical to AF success

Posted  February 1, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Cisco Johnstone As a long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan, I like to think I can tell you a little bit about loyalty. They are certainly a team that polarizes football fans everywhere, but whether they do well or not, I stick to my team. There is some degree of stubbornness to this, but…

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Money pitfalls common

Posted  February 1, 2013

A common complaint that is often bemoaned among Airmen is that they don’t have enough money. There are many pitfalls into which bad money decisions can lead us. Some are common to many who find themselves making the same mistakes repeatedly. One of the biggest money sinkholes for Airmen can be their vehicles. Between payments,…

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Health & Safety

Personal trainers ready, waiting to give extra push

Posted  February 1, 2013

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during a workout at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. Johnson is one of two personal trainers available at the Bryant Fitness Center who train military members, dependents and retirees. For more information or to schedule an appointment with…

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Local Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Military Officers Association of America Luke Chapter will hold the monthly meeting Feb. 14 at Club Five-Six. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and “The Arizona Trio” at 7 p.m. Active-duty, retired, warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 1, 2013

<h3Staff Sgt. Haley Mestey 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace Medical Craftsman Hometown: Decatur, Ill. Years in service: Six Family: Husband, Jose; and son, Adrian Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Florida Previous assignments: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Inspirations: 2nd Lt. Kelly Sampson (previously Staff Sgt. Sampson) showed me…

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AF, AETC name annual winners

Posted  February 1, 2013

Air Force The following individuals or units are 2012 Air Force award winners: Aircraft maintenance effectiveness 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Air Education and Training Command The following individuals or units are 2012 AETC award winners: Maintenance Daedalian 56th Fighter Wing Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Munitions/missile…

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Health & Safety

Lower risk for heart disease

Posted  February 1, 2013

One out of every four women dies from heart disease in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It’s the top killer of U.S. women and men. Heart disease begins with damage to the lining inside the heart’s arteries. Certain factors contribute to this damage, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood…

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