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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 Shorts – June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

Powerlifting contest reveals strongest by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Powerlifters and athletic enthusiasts participated in a powerlifting competition May 15 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center Warrior Training Facility. “It’s fun to meet with other people who enjoy lifting and challenge each other,” said Joshua Pant, 56th Civil…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  June 6, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 20 through June 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 24 moving and 12 nonmoving violations. Nonemergency responses May 20: Security forces responded to an unauthorized privately owned vehicle on the access road adjacent to Bldg. 450. Security forces made contact with an individual who…

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Justice Report

Posted  June 6, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in April: Articles 15 56th Operations Group • An airman first class received an Article 15 for underage drinking. The member received a suspended reduction in rank to airman, forfeiture of $858 pay per month for two months, 45 days restriction,…

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Events

APAH month luncheon celebrates cultures

Posted  June 6, 2014

Arathi School of Dance students perform an Indian dance form called Bharat Natyam at the APAH Month luncheon. Bharat Natyam is one of the oldest devotional classical Indian dance forms.   Performers from the Filipino-American Youth Association of Arizona dance with sticks May 29 at the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month luncheon in Club Five Six….

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Fly Over: ‘Below Paradise’ by Tedashii’, and ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1′

Posted  June 6, 2014

Available on iTunes or www.reachrecords.com: Below Paradise by Tedashii A protégé of Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae, gospel rap giant Tedashii released his newest album, “Below Paradise,” on May 27. The album deals with an array of life’s problems from a refreshing perspective that is lacking in not only most music today, but in society as a…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 6, 2014

Courtesy photo John Wooden “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ John Wooden John Wooden lived a life many only dream about. A three-time All-American basketball player at Purdue, he led them to the 1932 Helms National Championship (precursor to NCAA). He played professional basketball and spent three years as…

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56th TRS trains pilots to fly, fight, win

Posted  June 6, 2014

Training F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots to carry out the Air Force mission is a big responsibility. The 56th Training Squadron at Luke Air Force Base is responsible for training F-16 pilots to fly, fight and win.

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This Week in History

Posted  June 6, 2014

Courtesy photo D-Day: Off the Normandy coast, Soldiers crowded in a landing craft June 6, 1944, await their turn to land on the beach. June 6, 1944: Operation NEPTUNE (D-Day) The largest invasion in world history occurred 70 years ago today on the Normandy Peninsula in France, code named Operation NEPTUNE. It is often simply…

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People First – June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AETC chaplains…

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Air Force News – June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

Florida The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base etched another mark May 28 on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program by logging its 5,000th combined sortie. More than 15,000 sorties have been flown across all variants of the fifth generation multirole stealth fighter. Norway Airmen from the 426th Air Base Squadron…

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