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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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A mentoring moment: What’s your motivation?

Posted  November 16, 2012

What gets and keeps you going? Another way to ask this question is what motivates you? I firmly believe that when we know why we do something, we can use that as a compass to accomplish more. Knowing what motivates us will help us achieve our goals, both personal and professional. Growing up, many of…

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Facial hair tradition in military goes way back

Posted  November 16, 2012

There has always been a long-standing tradition of facial hair in the military. Over the centuries this tradition has evolved depending on the style and demand of the times. The Civil War saw some of the great military commanders sporting full beards that would put ZZ Top to shame. This trend most likely would have…

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Gate schedules change to fit new culture

Posted  November 16, 2012

Service members throughout the Defense Department and the U.S. Air Force are experiencing extraordinary financial and manpower constraints – often both. As a result, the Air Education and Training Command has adopted the cost-conscious culture initiative, or C3, to adapt to today’s changing operational environment and shrinking budgets. In addition, units throughout the Air Force…

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Local Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

No Thunderbolt next week The Thunderbolt will not be published Nov. 23. Look for the next edition Nov. 30. For more information, call (623) 856-5998. Finance office closed The 56th Comptroller Squadron office will be closed Wednesday for Wingman Day. This includes the customer service office. If there is an emergency, or for more information,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 16, 2012

Airman 1st Class Britney Carter-Grimes 309th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Lavar Grimes, husband Education: Associate in criminal justice at Santa Fe College, pursued a bachelor’s in criminology at University of Florida Previous assignments: Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Inspirations: My younger siblings inspire me to…

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Remembering …

Posted  November 16, 2012

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Master Sgt. Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group first sergeant, holds the American flag with fellow 308th Fighter Squadron Airmen during the opening ceremony of the Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets game Monday at the U.S. Airways Center. Veterans Day was observed by recognizing service members from all branches.

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Need for speed …

Posted  November 16, 2012

Aric Almirola, U.S. Air Force sponsored NASCAR driver, accompanies Capt. Adam Thornton, 308th Fighter Squadron director of scheduling, to the F-16 Fighting Falcon before an incentive flight Nov. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Almirola was in town for the Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale.

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Native American academy graduate shares thoughts

Posted  November 16, 2012

Luke Air Force Base members got a unique experience during the Native American Indian Heritage Month luncheon held Oct. 8 at Club 56. Retired Col. Daucey Brewington, a member of the Lumbee tribe, spoke to attendees about his life and the history of the U.S. and its native people. He is known for being the…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  November 16, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related Incidents Nov. 2: Security forces assisted Glendale police with a major vehicle accident off base. Nov. 5: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at the inbound lane of…

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SFS welcomes injured comrade

Posted  November 16, 2012

When deployed, going on missions outside the wire are part of the daily routine. On a good day everyone comes back safely. But Staff Sgt. Brian Williams can tell you every day isn’t a good day. Williams, a military working dog handler with the 87th Security Forces Squadron Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., deployed to Afghanistan…

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