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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 Falcons make Defender’s Cup quarter-finals

Posted  September 14, 2012

The Falcons Football Club, Luke Air Force Base’s varsity soccer team, recently participated in the Defender’s Cup, a joint-service tournament hosted every year in September by Joint Base San Antonio at the Star Soccer Complex.

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Air Force News – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development Air Force officials began their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Monday, an instrumental step in beginning Joint Strike Fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the…

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Luke maintainers getting future experience first-hand

Posted  September 14, 2012

When the Air Force announced Luke Air Force Base as the next training location for F-35A Lightning IIs, maintainers temporarily assigned here began to feel like they were already in the future environment.

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  September 14, 2012

Honoring a hero…… Capt. Andrew Hoeffler, right, 56th Medical Operations Squadron family nurse practitioner, is awarded the John Davis Jr. Award Aug. 31 for Valor by Geoffrey Heard, Arizona Black Law Enforcement Officer president, during the ABLE 2012 Criminal Justice Conference in Phoenix. The award is presented to a local citizen in recognition of an…

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Thunderbolt of the week – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

Senior Airman Benjamin McCloud 607th Air Control Squadron Transmission Systems technician Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Years in service: Two Family: Wife, Ashley; sons, Caleb and Ian Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems principles and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management Inspirations: My father who dedicated 23 years to the Army and…

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In Brief – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Bryant Fitness Center gym. Active shooter exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a base-wide active-shooter exercise Sept. 27. Community residents and visitors to the base should expect disruptions, gate closures,…

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OG commander goes from fan to flier

Posted  September 14, 2012

He grew up living under the flight path of jets heading to the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl for a high-speed flyby. As a teenager, he spent time fishing in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains watching fighter jets screaming overhead at more than 500 miles per hour, just 100 feet off the ground.

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CGOC, commissioning opportunities to be had

Posted  September 14, 2012

A question often asked of company grade officers is “What was the path you took to receive your commission, and what did that commissioning source entail?” Some are parents with children interested in pursuing a commission in the Air Force, others ask on behalf of friends and others are interested in applying. Whatever the reason,…

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 14, 2012

As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the base exchange. I finally decided on a very…

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CFC: small donations turn into big $$

Posted  September 14, 2012

Every year one event comes around for seven weeks that helps federal employees donate to charities. The program is the Combined Federal Campaign and is scheduled to kickoff Monday and run through Nov. 9. During the campaign, representatives from each squadron, called key workers, will contact people in their unit to talk about how to…

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