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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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Airfield management keeps runway tidy

Posted  August 8, 2014

It’s said when stakes are high, those who are calm prevail. Airmen from the 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management section know this all too well.

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Health & Safety

Oral health impacts physical performance

Posted  August 8, 2014

In order for Olympic athletes to be successful, it is imperative for them to train hard and ensure their overall health is impeccable. When you think of an athlete training, their toothbrush does not usually come to mind as an essential training tool. However, recent research has shown oral health has a direct link to…

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Street Beat

Posted  August 8, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 28 through Aug. 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 22 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 28: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle vs. fixed object accident near Perimeter Road. There were no injuries. Aug. 2: Security forces responded to report…

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Sports Shorts – August 8, 2014

Posted  August 8, 2014

LRS gets playoff spot in 55-35 win over OSS Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron battled the 56th Operations Support Squadron during an intramural basketball game July 29 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. LRS won the game 55-35, which guarantees LRS…

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MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Posted  August 1, 2014

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated…

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In your comfort zone? Get out!

Posted  August 1, 2014

Being promoted means you are ready to take on the next level of roles and responsibilities, but how do you prepare for the next level of responsibilities? One tactic that has worked for me is to step outside my comfort zone. By doing this, I’ve learned more about the Air Force and experienced more situations…

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Service before self, but don’t forget about self

Posted  August 1, 2014

As Airmen, we live and breathe the Air Force core values on a daily basis. However, don’t let our second core value, service before self, distract you from actually taking care of yourself. In my 13 years of active-duty service, there is one regret I hear most from people both in and out of the…

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Life, Liberty, pursuit of happiness brings Kenyan student to America

Posted  August 1, 2014

Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski Senior Airman Robert Cheruiyot, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, greets Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi, chief of the defense forces, Kenya. Karangi and Cheruiyot met in a chance encounter at flightline medicine, following Karangi’s medical evaluation in preparation for his familiarization flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force…

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News Briefs August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 1, 2014

Staff Sgt. Gregory Scharp 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Phase floor chief Hometown: Sparta, New Jersey Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Maggie Education: Community College of the Air Force aircraft maintenance technology Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; and Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: Music and my wife Goals: To complete a bachelor’s…

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