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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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Air Force News – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

State of the AF is ‘strong’ WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s top leaders said Monday the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III briefed members of the media on the state of…

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People First – December 14, 2012

Posted  January 18, 2013

Military OneSource provides tax assistance service As tax season nears, Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Tony Jackson, a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office, detailed the…

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Improving pushups simple routine using form, repetition

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Michael Hunt, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment technician, demonstrates a proper pushup Jan. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force physical fitness assessment requires males and females to perform a number of proper pushups in one minute to prove their fitness level. Being able to do a proper…

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Ounce of preventing shin splints well worth it

Posted  January 18, 2013

Fitness is a priority at every base in the Air Force and in every career field. Because most Airmen incorporate running into workouts, it is important to protect against shin splints. According to WebMD.com, whether you jog daily or sprint to catch a bus, you are at risk for medial tibial stress syndrome, or shin…

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Runners vs. cars: cars always win

Posted  January 18, 2013

When exercising at Luke Air Force Base, runners are often forced to share the road with drivers, unless at the base track or on a treadmill. This can be dangerous, especially in high traffic areas, like near the base exchange, commissary, hospital and South Gate, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager….

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Load crews give it all to be top

Posted  January 18, 2013

A four-way contest between the 425th, 310th, 309th and 308th AMUs.

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Cervical cancer: Four unknown risks

Posted  January 18, 2013

You might know that getting regular Pap tests is the number one way to protect against cervical cancer … but are you at high risk? Cervical cancer occurs most often in women older than 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It used to be the leading cause of cancer death…

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AF officials reschedule MilPDS upgrade

Posted  January 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Originally slated for December 2012, Air Force officials will perform a major upgrade to the Military Personnel Data System, or MilPDS, in March. The Air Force Personnel Operations Agency will upgrade and transfer MilPDS to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center. The project is expected to take 23 days….

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Fly Over: ‘Halo 4’, ‘Call of Duty’ Black Ops 2

Posted  January 18, 2013

In game stores: ‘Halo 4’ – Master Chief back for more Over the last decade, one video game has continuously raised the bar for all others. From its emotionally charged story line, to its unparalleled graphics and online experience, the Halo video game series continues to blow video gamers expectations out of the water. The…

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Airmen urged to re-enlist, extend, retire, separate by Feb. 15

Posted  January 18, 2013

Air Force officials are encouraging active-duty Airmen who are eligible to re-enlist, extend their current enlistment, retire or separate in March to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections by Feb. 15 to avoid processing delays and military pay issues.

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