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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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Winning ways, culture lead to victory

Posted  May 2, 2014

After several years of being unable to put the right pieces together, the Boston Red Sox figured it out. They developed a system, a strategy and a culture that led them back to victory. A shared vision between owner, general manager and manager resulted in the execution of their strategy and a new winning culture….

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Australian air force makes home at Luke

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit participant maintenance liaison officer, poses April 22 in front of the 61st AMU. Draper is the first Royal Australian air force officer to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base has begun, and the Royal…

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Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

Posted  May 2, 2014

FROM LEFT: Tom Harris, Arizona Diamondbacks executive vice president and 56th Fighter Wing honorary commander; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander; Col. Robert Whitehouse, 944th Fighter Wing vice commander; and Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, greet attendees April 26 after making a grand…

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Sports Shorts – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Isaiah Dorantes, 9, son of Tech. Sgt. Francisco Dorantes, 56th Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment NCO in charge, hits a ball off a tee April 30 during the MLB pitch, hit and run event at Luke Air Force Base. Youth compete in MLB pitch, hit, run Story and photos by Airman First Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter…

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Fifth generation takes flight

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Paul Swanson, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals in an F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Luke Air Force Base Tuesday after one of its first sorties.   Maj. John Wilson, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, climbs out of the F-35 after its second day of sorties.

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Street Beat

Posted  May 9, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 29 through May 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle vs. a fixed object in the Bldg. 1100 parking lot. There…

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Fly Over: ‘Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon’, and ‘Wheel of Time’ Series’

Posted  May 9, 2014

On Netflix: Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon As a child I remember being excited whenever my mom turned on the car radio, and I would fight with my brother about who would sing the next song. I grew up listening to rhythm and blues with a little soul, commonly known as R&B. While…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  May 9, 2014

Courtesy photo Stevie Wonder “Mama was my greatest teacher: a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness.” ~ Stevie Wonder Friendly reminder … Mother’s Day is in two days. What are the greatest lessons in life your mother taught you? What are those life-defining moments when you realize what mom was telling you all along was…

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ADOT to launch new driver license process, design

Posted  May 9, 2014

Beginning June 16, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is expanding central credential issuance to all offices statewide, meaning that customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division office to obtain a new driver license or identification card will leave with a temporary credential. The permanent license or identification card will be mailed to the…

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EOD sets pace for explosive challenge

Posted  May 9, 2014

The U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians have a physically demanding job. On May 2, people from around Arizona got a taste, first hand, of just how demanding it really is by participating in the EOD Warrior Fitness Challenge at Luke Air Force Base.

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