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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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Wild Ducks fly east for spring training

Posted  March 27, 2012

Ducks may not have teeth, but try telling them they can’t bite. The Air Force version of the Grapefruit league’s best got to see what their Cactus League brothers had to offer on the Florida panhandle last week. Almost 90 Airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron and aircraft maintenance unit’s Wild Ducks…

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Salutes & Awards

Graydon Williams award winner announced

Posted  March 27, 2012

Senior Master Sgt. Steve Brook, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager, was selected as the 2011 Graydon Williams Award recipient. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee presented the award during a recent luncheon held at Club Five Six…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety Ground safety technician, Hometown: West Mansfield, Ohio, Years in service: Seven Family: Wife, Krissy, Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado and a bachelor’s degree at University of Ottawa, Previous…

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Sports

MDG ‘sticks’ it to Navy in B-ball

Posted  March 27, 2012

L.J. Magee goes through a defender March 12 in an intramural basketball game against Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group defeated Navy 53-33. Guy McAdams, goes for a lay-up during an intramural basketball game March 12 against the Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The play resulted in a foul and…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 27, 2012

Start Smart baseball Start Smart Baseball is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program at 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through April 25 at the youth center. Parents work one-on-one with their child. The cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. Space is limited. Sign up now. For more information, call (623) 856-7470. Bunny…

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In Brief, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Blue Cross Blue Shield Q&A A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available 10 to 11:30 a.m. today in Bldg. 1150, Room 1163, to answer health care coverage questions for federal civilian employees. For more information, call Kristina Rightweiser at (623) 856-2120. Lose weight Get up in elevation to get down in pounds…

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Health & Safety

Medical team goes Lean to save

Posted  March 27, 2012

Do you like long waits for medical appointments? I didn’t think so. The 56th Medical Group doesn’t like you waiting either, and they chose to do something about it. They decided to get “Lean.” More than 40 students from a handful of Air Force bases attended the Lean For Healthcare course taught March 5 to 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students included…

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Good foundation must for leading

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its simplistic form, leadership is defined as getting others to do what you want. Those who follow this thought process typically revert to using conniving tactics to persuade their followers. Many view this as a shortcut to leadership and find it being an ineffective way to lead, without any long-term value. To build a…

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Leadership is action, not position

Posted  March 27, 2012

I recently read a quote in an article that I believe defines a true leader. The quote is from Donald H. McGannon and says, “Leadership is action, not position.” This phrase epitomizes my leadership philosophy; specifically, I feel people are leaders by virtue of what they do, not the authority they are given or the…

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Medal of Honor recipient visits Luke, speaks to 308th Fighter Squadron

Posted  March 27, 2012

A Medal of Honor recipient who earned distinction as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War visited the 308th Fighter Squadron March 16 at Luke Air Force Base.
James Fleming, 69, who retired as a colonel in 1996…

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