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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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Wheels in sky keep turning

Posted  June 20, 2014

The 56th Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Wheel and Tire shop has recently taken on the task of tire maintenance for the new F-35 Lightning II jet.

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Health & Safety

Sports physical day aimed at kid fitness

Posted  June 20, 2014

For a parent, keeping a child healthy can be a task. Luckily, the folks at the Luke Pediatrics clinic agree and strive to help. The 56th Medical Operations Squadron Pediatrics clinic will host a Fitness and Sports Physical Day at 9 a.m. July 26. Children ages 6 through 16 years are invited to participate. “It…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  June 20, 2014

If you served in the military and now hold a civil service position, your military service time may apply toward your civil service retirement. There are specific regulations in regard to these requests that the civilian personnel office should answer that will be specific to your situation. To proceed with this request, you must “buy…

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People First – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 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.  DOD, AF leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions…

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Air Force News – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

Jordan For the past two weeks, Airmen from around the world converged in Jordan to provide airpower to sister services and partner nations throughout Exercise Eager Lion 2014. The scenarios that played out over the skies of Jordan included various air-to-air and air-to-ground missions that were possible because of the efforts of all the Airmen…

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June 1999: End of Operation ALLIED FORCE

Posted  June 20, 2014

This week, 15 years ago, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 78-day Operation ALLIED FORCE ended. NATO officially ended its air war against Serbia after Serbian military forces pulled out of Kosovo territory. NATO began the operation in response to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Kosovar Albanians. The operation signified one step in…

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Base VBS considered huge success

Posted  June 20, 2014

Staff Sgt.TIMOTHY BOYER Children look on as Jackie Duarte, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel Vacation Bible School celebration team leader, dances and sings June 4 during the weeklong event. The laughter of 162 children filled the base chapel along with music June 2 through 6 for the 56th Fighter Wing Chapel Vacation Bible School 2014 at…

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Taking Fido when PCSing abroad means planning

Posted  June 20, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Dr. J.M. Kiel, Luke Air Force Base Veterinary Services veterinarian, and Hunter Davidson, 56th Medical Support Squadron magnetic resonance imaging technician, position Oersoes, Ajo Border Patrol Station working dog June 10 before putting him through the Siemens MRI machine. Oersoes and another working dog, Goliet, were sedated prior to going through…

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A grand exit …

Posted  June 20, 2014

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew his final flight at Luke Air Force Base Wednesday in an F-16 Fighting Falcon. He relinquishes command today to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus. Rothstein has been selected for an assignment commanding U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 20, 2014

Staff Sgt. Robert Evan McClanahan 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Firefighter crew chief Hometown: Bartlett, Texas Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Meghan; and daughter, Maeve Annie, 5 months Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida; Enrique Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; and Ramstein AB,…

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