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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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Pilots take plunge for survival

Posted  June 6, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Maj. Brendan Shannon, 309th Fighter Squadron director of operations, follows a parachute seam May 28 at Luke Air Force Base during annual Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. If a parachute lands on top of the pilot during a water landing, following the parachute seam will guide the pilot from beneath the…

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Sports Shorts – June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Ivan Ballinas, 56th Operations Support Squadron softball team player, sprints for first base June 3 after hitting the ball at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The 56th OSS defeated the 56th Force Support Squadron 25-19 in an intramural softball game. OSS tops FSS in softball action…

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Sky Harbor Copperheads provide for F-16’s global reach, allow more training

Posted  June 13, 2014

As a multipurpose fighter, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is a vital piece of air power for the United States and its allied nations, with its mere presence deterring enemy action, and capable of unleashing fury in and from the skies when needed.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  June 13, 2014

Defense Finance and Accounting Services reports to commercial credit bureaus when Defense Department members become delinquent on an account. Accounts with no payments within 30 days are considered delinquent and reported to the credit bureaus as “collection account” on the consumer credit report. The debt will remain as a collection account and monthly account activity…

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Fly Over: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ or ‘Mario Brothers’?

Posted  June 13, 2014

On Netflix: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ vs. ‘Mario Brothers’ “The Legend of Zelda” is an action adventure game series first introduced Feb. 21, 1986. It features a mixture of action, adventure and puzzle gameplay. It was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, Takeshi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma, developed and published by Nintendo. The story and game center…

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Pull aside, stay alive, message for drivers

Posted  June 13, 2014

That’s the familiar message to drivers from the Arizona Department of Transportation as another summer monsoon approaches. For the third year, ADOT continues its efforts to educate drivers about the threat of dust storms as the monsoon officially begins Sunday. ADOT shows motorists the real meaning of “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” with new television and…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 13, 2014

Courtesy photo Albert Ernest Clifford Young “I like to finish what I start doing. I like to see it through to the end, to the best of my ability.” ~ Albert Ernest Clifford Young Until April 1983 Cliff Young was known primarily as a potato farmer from rural Australia. But at age 61, Cliff, who’d…

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This week in history

Posted  June 13, 2014

Luke Airmen perform maintenance on an F-84 windscreen assembly. June 11, 1964: Last F-84 departs Luke The F-84 program ended at Luke Air Force Base 50 years ago this week after producing 6,930 graduates. The Republic F-84G Thunderjet brought Luke into the jet age on Feb. 1, 1951. Luke flew two versions of the F-84…

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The Noah’s Ark of Wildlife Zoos

Posted  June 13, 2014

I have driven past signs off of Northern Avenue saying Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium but figured this place might be a little on the boring side. I mean, how many good exhibits could they have in the middle of a desert? The answer – a whole bunch! I walked through the East Entrance of…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 13, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 20 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a minor two-privately owned vehicle accident in the medical clinic parking lot. Security forces arrived on scene and facilitated information exchange. There…

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