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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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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 2, 2012

Senior Airman Wade Williams Jr. 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Support technician Hometown: Riverside, Calif. Years in service: Five Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Park University in information computer science Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: My father, a successful business owner and great mechanic Goals: Finish college and make master sergeant Greatest…

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ALS graduate 36

Posted  November 2, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School class 12-7 graduated two staff sergeants and 34 senior airmen Oct. 25. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Staff Sgt. William Chavez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Anthtae Taggart, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Doron Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron;…

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Wing quarterly awards announced

Posted  November 2, 2012

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Brian Runyon, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Ashley Stallworth, 56th Dental Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Poun Thies, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Brennan Lawson, 56th Contracting Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. Jeremy Kovacs, 56th…

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Disabled retiree has story of courage, rebirth

Posted  November 2, 2012

Former Air Force Capt. David Berling is currently a civilian contract specialist with the 56th Contracting Squadron. Berling was medically retired from the Air Force in 2009....

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Special duty jobs up for grabs

Posted  November 2, 2012

Airmen looking for a new challenge in the Air Force have an opportunity to apply for a special duty, including becoming a military training instructor, honor guardsman or recruiter. Three Airmen who made up the Air Education and Training Command special duty recruiting team visited Luke Air Force Base Oct. 23 to discuss their current…

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Street Beat – November 1, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 19 through 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and 13 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct.19: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 920 parking lot. There were no injuries. Oct. 12: Security forces responded to a…

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Commissary offers holiday savings

Posted  November 2, 2012

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissary shoppers have ample ways to stretch their normal 30 percent or more savings this holiday season thanks to special store promotions, giveaways, coupon offers and other discounts. “Our industry partners are offering greater savings through the use of high-value coupon booklets and special turkey offers,” said Chris Burns, DeCA sales…

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Hush house … not so quiet place

Posted  November 2, 2012

Luke Air Force Base is surrounded by many communities who experience their share of F-16 engine noise, but there is one area that quiets the powerful engine.

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Chaplain thoughts – November 2

Posted  November 2, 2012

“Heroes never die. They live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who would follow in their footsteps.” ~ Emily Potter As we approach Veteran’s Day, I want to continue the theme of “heroes.” What do you do to actively “live” in the footsteps of those we honor as heroes? Are we truly…

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Fly Over: ‘NBA 2K13’, ‘The Master’

Posted  November 2, 2012

In stores: ‘NBA 2K13’ by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams 2K Sports has been releasing NBA 2K games since 2001. And since then, their basketball games have been superb. But recently, it seems as though 2K Sports have gotten lazy with the creation of their recent basketball games, and it shows. Despite that, 2K proved…

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