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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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Leaders must empower those who follow

Posted  August 31, 2012

As military officers, we exist as part of a chain-of-command. As part of that chain we are both responsible to those above us in the chain, to meet their expectations and follow their directions, while at the same time empowering the people below us to make their own decisions and allowing them to grow in…

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Base services provided for Luke Airmen

Posted  August 31, 2012

Charles Jennings, retired master sergeant, cuts wood for a gate he is building using a chop saw at the Luke Air Force Base Wood Hobby Shop. Jennings has saved money and enjoyed a hobby while building several household items. For Airmen who are at Luke Air Force Base for the first time or are not…

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Effective leadership requires both iron hand, velvet glove

Posted  August 31, 2012

Gen. George Patton said, “A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.” In short, as varied the situations we find ourselves in as leaders, so too are the potential approaches we take to leadership. When I was entrusted to serve as the 56th Medical Group’s first sergeant, my first emotions were fear…

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In Brief – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month events Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. This year’s theme is “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today.” The committee is featuring the following events: Sept. 7 at 7 a.m. golf tournament at Falcon Dunes Golf Course Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. opening ceremony breakfast at Club Five Six Sept….

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Briefings, checklist fill hours prior to deployment

Posted  August 24, 2012

The time comes when every Airman is placed in a tempo-band. For Airmen who become tasked for a deployment, the Installation Deployment Readiness Center provides briefings and a checklist, which contains requirements the Airman must fulfill in order to deploy. “We ensure Airmen complete all predeployment requirements prior to departure so they can focus on…

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted  August 24, 2012

The days were long and hot in southern Louisiana. There was a lot of information packed into those three months, and I still didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Afghanistan.....

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Make life after death choices now

Posted  August 24, 2012

The concept of life after death can vary from person to person. As the Luke Air Force Base mortuary officer, this concept has a new meaning for me. One of my principle responsibilities is to take care of the people who will care for you and your loved ones if you were to die while…

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What kind of leader are you?

Posted  August 24, 2012

What type of leader are you? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question, “What type of leader am I?” If so, how would you answer? Would you say you’re a team leader, a motivator or a person who inspires? Better yet, if your Airmen were asked what kind of leader you were, what…

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Network operations center working hard to make AFNet migration happen

Posted  August 24, 2012

At Luke Air Force Base there’s been a noticeable amount of email notifications sent from the 56th Communications Squadron to prepare base members for the Air Force Network migration. According to Air Force officials, the AFNet migration will improve security, save money and give members permanent email addresses. “The most obvious difference is that email…

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In Brief – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Meet the bowling pros A Next Level clinic and exhibition event is Sept. 16. Session I is 9 a.m. to noon. Session II is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Thunderbolt Bowling Center. Meet Norm Duke and Randy Pedersen, professional bowlers who provide video analysis of individuals’ games, on-lane instruction, trick shot exhibition, challenge match, and…

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