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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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Open house around corner

Posted  January 25, 2013

Master Sgt. Cindy Dorfner Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with minor league participants of the Kansas City Royals Winter Camp Jan. 16. Staton talked with some of the team’s best prospects at the Royals’ clubhouse in Surprise and answered a variety of questions for about an hour. The 56th…

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Be inspiring: observations about leadership

Posted  January 25, 2013

Many could say that the best leaders they’ve encountered were inspiring individuals. From religious icons to heads of state and military leaders, they all seem to have one common trait — they inspire others. I have always been a history buff, specifically the history of the middle ages. As such, I belong to a very…

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Health & Safety

Depression has many signs

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch The symptoms of depression include not sleeping enough or too much, losing interest in activities one typically enjoys, experiencing significant feelings of guilt, lack of energy, loss of concentration, changes in appetite, unexplainable weight loss or gain, loss of sex drive and thoughts of suicide. Most people have experienced sadness in…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Savings on homes Balfour Beatty Communities (Luke family housing) is currently offering three-bedroom renovated homes for $1,100 per month with a one-year lease for E-1 through E-5 active-duty military members only. With an allotted base allowance for housing of $1,287 for those ranks and $1,461 for E-5, members can save money through the basic allowance…

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56th MXG announces awards

Posted  January 25, 2013

2012 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award The following individuals are Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners and will compete at the Air Education and Training Command level: Aircraft technician Airman: Airman 1st Class Henry Eichorn, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Supervisor: Staff Sgt. Derek Kreiner, 310th AMU Supervisor manager: Master Sgt. David Justice, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Chynna Smith 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Management Hometown: Vancouver, Wash. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Todd and Cindy; and sisters, Cassandra, Sage and Jeni Inspirations: My parents; they’ve shown me nothing is impossible Goals: To complete school and become an officer Greatest feat: Passing my career development course the first…

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Health & Safety

Not too late to stop flu

Posted  January 25, 2013

Every year, especially during winter, people get sick from the flu, but there are ways to lower one’s chances of getting sick and speed the healing process. “The seasonal flu is from a strain or strains of the influenza virus that causes a contagious respiratory illness infecting the nose, throat and lungs,” said Rachel Perkins-Garner,…

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Servant-leadership style worthwhile, effective

Posted  January 25, 2013

I’ve spent 21 years in the military, serving as both an enlisted member and an officer. I’ve seen “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of leadership styles. However, the most worthwhile and effective styles of leadership I’ve seen is the servant leader. I have read many books on the servant leader style, and I…

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Portion control #1 for losing weight

Posted  January 25, 2013

You’ve changed the foods you eat to include more fruits and veggies. You’ve cut back on the soda and you’ve started exercising three times a week. And yet, you’re not losing weight … or at least, you’re not losing enough. Why? It really all boils down to two very small, but significant words: portion control….

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Keeping New Year’s resolution calls for plan

Posted  January 25, 2013

For some people waking up on New Year’s Day means a fresh start. For others, it may feel like there is a lot of work ahead, especially if they’ve made a New Year’s resolution. The Examiner reported that American’s top three goals for 2013 are sticking to a budget, getting in better shape and developing…

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