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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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People First – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

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. 290-plus selected…

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Move, shoot, communicate training

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Department of the Air Force police, along with members from the 56th Security Forces Squadron, load nonlethal training ammunition into their weapons before the shoot, move and communicate training exercise.   Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Cory Becker, Department of the Air Force policeman, sprints to another point of cover to…

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Smoke out

Posted  December 7, 2012

Glendale Fire Department firefighters work on the roof of a building during smoke out training Nov. 29 held at Luke Air Force Base. Luke firefighters performed joint rescue operations training with local fire rescue providers to better coordinate combined efforts during a real emergency.   Glendale Fire Department firefighters spray water into a building to…

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Street Beat – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 23 through 29: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 24: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the South Gate visitor center parking lot. There were no injuries. Nov. 27: Security…

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Chaplain thoughts – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.” ~ Helen Keller I wrote about optimism last week and want to continue that theme today. There is no question about the absolute horrors that happen in our world. People starving, homeless, held in slavery, beaten for their beliefs, sickness and…

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted  December 7, 2012

In Video Stores: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Since the series first started, I’ve had very mixed feelings toward the “Resident Evil” movies. The first one I thought was a fairly decent video game adaptation, and the sequels “Apocalypse” and “Extinction” had some redeeming qualities despite being tremendously flawed. “Resident Evil: Afterlife” I think should be chopped…

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Sports Shorts – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Athletic highlights and upcoming events

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Fighting ducks graduate 14 pilots

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 309th Fighter Squadron Fighting Ducks graduate 14 pilots today. They are, from left, 1st Lts. Ryan Mendenhall and Bryan Beasley; Capt. Jake Rohrbach and 1st Lts. Clancy Morrical, Clancy Daniels, Bryson Thomas, Dustin Carey, Scott Portue, Brandon Dobbs, Austin Buller, Miklos Preysz and Ryan Neely; and Capts. Jared Ames and Dennis Simerly. Class 12-CBG…

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Leaders avoid holding to bad decisions

Posted  November 30, 2012

Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU making the right decision, because … it’s not about YOU! What do I mean by this? Have you ever knowingly stuck with a bad decision because you made the decision? Or struggled over a decision worrying about what others will think of you? Everyone has decisions…

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Practice, plan makes perfect in active shooter exercise

Posted  November 30, 2012

You’re waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist on the third floor of the Medical Group building. Suddenly, you hear muffled shots ring out and screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an AETC-directed active-shooter exercise Wednesday and Thursday to test whether…

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