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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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JAMES HENSLEY Air Force

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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 30, 2014

Airman 1st Class Jose Rojas Diaz 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander’s support staff Hometown: Bullhead City, Arizona Years in service: One Family: Father, Francisco; mother, Marcelina; sister, Marilyn; and brother, David Education: Pursuing a computer science degree at Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: My father has always been my support and a role model of…

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News Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. today in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. today in Hangar 913….

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ALS graduates 24 Airmen in class 14-4

Posted  May 30, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 23 senior airmen and one staff sergeant May 8 from class 14-4. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Caleb Mischung, 161st Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduate: Trevor Williams, 944th Medical Squadron Commandant’s Award: Trevor Williams, 944th MDS Academic…

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Health & Safety

Allergy clinic is shot in arm for allergies, more

Posted  May 30, 2014

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Airman 1st Class Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron allergy immunization technician, gives an allergy test to Katina Fritsch, 56th MDOS advance office clerk, May 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group Immunizations and Allergy Clinic serves 92,000 active-duty service members, their dependents and retirees at Luke Air…

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Good followers necessary for effective leaders

Posted  May 30, 2014

It is perhaps one of the most difficult duties of an Airman, yet one which we tend not to talk about after Basic Military Training or technical training. We are taught throughout our careers how to be effective leaders, but somewhere in the focus to become effective leaders, we lose the focus on being a…

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Paying it forward

Posted  May 30, 2014

With tax season upon us, I had a weird thought. Being in the Air Force is in many ways similar to the process of receiving a tax return. Now bear with me on this one, and I will try to break it down for you. I’m not saying the two directly correlate or are completely…

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Airmen have responsibility to do uniform proud

Posted  May 30, 2014

“You never get a second chance at a first impression.” – Unknown While this saying holds true in many facets of our daily lives, it carries an increased weight and sense of responsibility for us as service members. Not only does this apply to our physical appearance, but also in the way we carry ourselves…

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Airman serves God, country through music

Posted  May 30, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Austin Shrewsbury, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, examines blood samples at the 56th Medical Group May 1. Shrewsbury plays bass guitar, guitar and piano at the Sunday contemporary gospel service at the Luke Air Force Base chapel and leads worship services in his off time. Although…

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AF V-ball team spikes at Luke

Posted  May 30, 2014

Sebatiana Solis Lopez, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and member of the Air Force Women’s Volleyball Team, spikes a volleyball May 15 on Luke Air Force Base. The team practiced at Luke May 15 through 22 for the Armed Forces Championship for which they won silver and the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championship. The men’s and…

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Police Week honors defenders, recalls past

Posted  May 30, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Capt. Andrew Stolten, 56th Security Forces Squadron security operations officer, renders a salute May 15 during the lowering of the flag at the S.S. Mayaguez retreat ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The retreat was part of National Police Week May 11 through 17. Luke Air Force Base spans 4,800 acres, including…

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