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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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‘Widows’ devoted to excellence

Posted  October 19, 2012

Under the Peace Carvin II program, the 425th Fighter Squadron received nine borrowed ex-Thunderbird F-16A/Bs Dec. 30, 1992, and reactivated the squadron at Luke Air Force Base. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of this program and the U.S. Air Force’s special relationship with Singapore here at Luke. The Black Widows are a unique…

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What is your word worth?

Posted  October 19, 2012

Your word, promise and integrity are worth something. The value placed on them is different for everybody. The old saying, “my word is my bond,” is a powerful statement that builds confidence and helps you become known as a reliable person. Disregarding your word not only adversely affects those relying on you, it also depletes…

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Health & Safety

Early detection key to cure

Posted  October 19, 2012

More than two million survivors of breast cancer are living in the U.S. today. Do you know what that means?

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In Brief – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

New TSP contributions open Active-duty members of the Air Force, Army and Navy are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of investment planning through the member’s online MyPay account or submit a TSP-U-1 form to the finance office. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from the service member’s…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

Staff Sgt. Erik Walker 56th Medical Support Squadron Quality Control technologist Hometown: Abilene, Texas Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Joanna; expecting in December Education: Community College of the Air Force in radiology technology Previous assignments: Osan, Republic of Korea; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: My father; a retired master sergeant Goals: To ensure…

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AFSO21 saved 56th FW big $$

Posted  October 19, 2012

An Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century Excess Inventory Redistribution/6S event was held at Luke Air Force Base. It helped members of the Luke Air Force Base weapons back shop organize needed on-hand supplies and identify excess inventory that will eventually be redistributed across the base. This single event is one of many…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 19, 2012

The engines roared overhead as an F-35A fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for the test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane.

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Street Beat – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 5 through Oct. 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct.10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Super Sabre Street and Johnson Lane. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Oct. 11:…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.” ~ Henry Kissinger I often meet people who say they have no direction in life; that they feel like they are only existing … only going through the motions. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans…

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People First – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

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. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF facilities…

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