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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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People First – March 20, 2015

Posted  March 20, 2015

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, click on the link in the title. Wounded warriors get help through equine therapy…

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Health & Safety

Message to medical group enrollees seeking urgent care

Posted  March 20, 2015

Deciding to seek urgent medical treatment at an urgent care clinic deserves careful consideration. Following the right steps before seeking urgent care ensures patients will get coordinated attention at the lowest out-of-pocket-cost possible. If you are assigned to a Primary Care Manager at the 56th Medical Group, you should follow these steps before going to…

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2015 Chapel Holy Week Schedule

Posted  March 20, 2015

March 28 Palm Sunday Vigil Catholic 5 p.m. (Luke Community Chapel) March 29 Palm Sunday Catholic 8:30 a.m. (Luke Community Chapel) Gospel/Contemporary 10 a.m. (Luke Community Chapel) Traditional 11:30 a.m. (Luke Community Chapel) Catholic 5:30 pm (Chapel on the Mall) April 1 Sedar meal Ecumenical 6 p.m. (Luke Community Chapel Annex) April 2 Holy Thursday Catholic…

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Winter sports still risk for sun damage

Posted  March 20, 2015

Winter sports enthusiasts spend ample time outdoors, often hitting the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Despite cold temperatures, clouds and dreary weather, winter sports lovers are still at risk for sun damage and skin cancer. In fact, about 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the…

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Airmen get behind- scenes look at need for SPEED

Posted  March 20, 2015

NASCAR is known for fast cars and intense action, but they are also known for supporting military members throughout the NASCAR season. Their program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of the military for their service and treats them to customized experiences at the races.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  March 20, 2015

Courtesy photo “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank Anne Frank’s posthumously published work, “A Diary of a Young Girl,” painted a picture of the sufferings that she and her family endured as they hid from the Nazi’s. It also showed the…

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Fly Over: YC’s Mongolian Grill’ and ‘The Smurfs 2′

Posted  March 20, 2015

‘YC’s Mongolian Grill’ Mongolian barbecue has always appealed to me on the premise of customizing my meal. Foodies can control what ingredients and how much of each go into their dish. In spite of the name, it is neither Mongolian or barbecued over a fire or coals. Mongolian barbecue is actually a stir-fried dish similar…

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Thunderbolts volunteer for Litchfield Elementary field day

Posted  March 20, 2015

Luke Air Force Base Airmen went to Litchfield Elementary School to help support the school’s field day March 6.

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Justice Report

Posted  March 20, 2015

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at Bldg. 859 parking lot. There were no injuries. March…

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Sports Shorts – March 20, 2014

Posted  March 20, 2015

Winners train, losers complain Story and photo by Airman PEDRO MOTA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” ~Unknown Luke Air Force Base’s varsity basketball team was practicing March 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center to maintain a 6-0 record. “This…

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