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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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Street Beat – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 897. There were no injuries. Oct. 16: Security forces responded to a…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli Veteran’s Day is not that far off, and I want to take the opportunity these next few weeks to focus on “heroes.” Many would debate what defines a hero. Certainly we can agree that…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  October 26, 2012

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK Staff Sgt. Miguel Hurtado 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: San Diego Years in Service: Six Family: Wife, Bryna and dog, Jake Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at American Military University in information systems security Previous assignments: Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Mont. Inspiration: Faith, family and friends Goals:…

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Houser sings down house

Posted  October 26, 2012

Staff Sgt. Sasha Houser, 56th Force Support Squadron installation personnel readiness assistant NCO-in-charge, performs the national anthem Sept. 12 at the 56th Fighter Wing change-of-command ceremony. Houser has sung at many events, but her favorite to perform at is retirements. Singing the national anthem to a small crowd at a retirement ceremony is one thing…

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  October 26, 2012

In stores: ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by Christine Tuler John Green’s novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” jumps briefly into the life of 16-year-old Hazel Green, a girl living with terminal cancer. Surprisingly, the main focus of the novel isn’t Hazel’s fight to live as she knows with 100 percent certainty that the cancer…

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Operation KIDS makes impact

Posted  October 26, 2012

Children generally don’t see all the things parents do to prepare or how they live once they’re deployed, but the Luke Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readiness Center hopes to change that by offering a day camp once a year called Operations KIDS.

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Base exchange opens doors to local vendors

Posted  October 26, 2012

While the economy may have forced some retailers to scale back on merchandise or services, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is actively seeking the assistance of local businesses to increase the product selection troops and their families find at their exchange. “Some shoppers drive up to 40 miles or more to come to…

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Sports Shorts – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

Pushing weight around Photos by Staff Sgt. CJ Hatch Jacob Scoresby deadlifts more than 400 pounds during the Bryant Fitness Center Powerlifting competition held Oct. 19. Scoresby lifted a total of 2,450 pounds placing second as Luke’s strongest male. Ryan Steadley performs a squat during the Bryant Fitness Center Powerlifting competition held Oct. 19. The…

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Ducks help feed world’s hungry

Posted  October 19, 2012

Everyday there are children suffering from starvation throughout the world and to help make a difference, airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base participated Saturday in an event with Feed My Starving Children in Tempe.

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Nature, earth festival happens on three rivers

Posted  October 19, 2012

Bird watching, canoe riding, paddle boarding and crocodile wrestling … well, no crocodile wrestling. But at the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival, a free one-day festival, these and other events are scheduled. The Oct. 27 festival is geared toward educating participants about the environment. “Tres Rios refers to the confluence of the Gila, Salt…

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