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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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Luke transitioning to ER Cop System

Posted  March 13, 2015

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Harris, 56th Security Forces Squadron law enforcement patrolman, looks at an exercise alarm activation using the Emergency Response System Common Operating Picture System March 4 at Luke Air Force Base. The ER COP system is an application made available to only emergency response personnel from security forces, fire, explosive…

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Change leads to innovation

Posted  March 13, 2015

Lately, I’ve been ultra-sensitive to a perception that the only constant is change. Change is difficult. Lack of continuity can be challenging. However, change can also lead to innovation so long as there are individuals who can recognize opportunities and envision the promise of alternate paradigms. Innovation demands that we embrace change, both personally and…

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Recognizing issue key to resiliency

Posted  March 13, 2015

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” ~ Vince Lombardi Whether it is a financial issue, family or significant-other problem or difficulties at work, everyone goes through some sort of struggle throughout their Air Force career. Each day we are tasked with important jobs and duties to ensure that…

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Enhancement seminar held for Focus 56 NCOs

Posted  March 13, 2015

Master Sgt. Timothy Ogan, 56th Security Forces Squadron operation superintendent, gives a promotion seminar Feb. 27 on Luke Air Force Base. The Focus 56 NCO Enhancement Seminar was held to give staff and technical sergeants an opportunity to learn about the new promotion system for the senior NCO promotion cycle. As the Air Force grows…

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News Briefs March 13, 2015

Posted  March 13, 2015

Commissioning briefing The next monthly commissioning briefing conducted by the 56th Force Support Squadron Education Center will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the education center, Bldg. 1150, Room 3125. The Air Force Detachment Admissions Officer will be in attendance and available to answer questions for those wishing to separate from active duty and become…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  March 13, 2015

Ceremony recognizes top tier Five chief selects stand in front of the No. 1 table at the chief recognition ceremony Feb. 28 at Club Five Six. The newest chief master sergeants had 56 seconds to address the chiefs’ mess, their families and friends. Airman 1st Class Brian Dirgo, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron avionics team member,…

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Knights of Heroes

Posted  March 13, 2015

Courtesy photo The Knights of Heroes Foundation is a non-profit foundation that matches mentors with children who have lost a parent during combat operations. Inspired by the passing of Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert, the Knights of Heroes Foundation hosts a camping trip to Colorado where children who have lost parents in combat can come and…

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Getting a little help …

Posted  March 13, 2015

Jim Tieszen Senior Airman Nicholas Gardner, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, communicates with an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot March 5 at the North End of Runway as Senior Airman Gerald Casteel, 309th AMU weapons load crew member, de-arms the jet prior to sending it back to its squadron to park. The de-arming…

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St. Patrick’s Day: time for celebration, safety

Posted  March 13, 2015

People all around the world will be celebrating Tuesday the life and contributions of the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, the day is celebrated on the day of his death. The day not only celebrates St. Patrick, but the culture of Ireland. In the U.S., the…

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Trip reduction not just silly survey

Posted  March 13, 2015

It is time for Luke to conduct the annual trip reduction survey. The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the State of Arizona’s response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One outcome was a statute that went into effect focusing on employers and schools. The…

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