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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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Football legend still star

Posted  October 5, 2012

Living with any kind of disorder is not ideal, and it’s harder with dissociative identity disorder....

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Senior Airman Andrew Hannah 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Dedicated crew chief Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Five Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Currently working on a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance technology and bachelor’s in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: The dedication of the…

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Lead from front

Posted  October 5, 2012

Leadership. As Airmen this is a word that we hear all the time. In light of this, the word can sometimes become watered down to where we think we have nothing to do with leadership. Is leadership just a buzz word that we have nothing to offer to affect its outcome? Does leadership strictly apply…

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MSG boss expands horizons beyond family tradition

Posted  October 5, 2012

For many of us who’ve had family in the military, following in their footsteps may seem natural. However, what happens if we commit the cardinal sin of not joining the same branch as our parents or other family members?

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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Operation Angel in Nepal win-win

Posted  October 5, 2012

Editor’s note: The opening and closing paragraphs are paraphrased from an Air Force Print News article. A team composed of American, Australian and Nepalese military and civilian members accomplished a plethora of tasks, which included treating more than 4,000 villagers, repairing and renovating three schools and sharing expertise with the locals Sept. 10 to 15…

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Luke 1 shares command priorities

Posted  October 5, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Airmen heard Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, highlight his beliefs and expectations during commander’s calls Sept. 28.

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Sports Shorts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Camron Tellinghuisen, 11, son of Staff Sgt Michael McCord, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load maintainer, prepares to throw the football Sept. 28 during the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event at the Youth Center on Luke Air Force Base. The NFL PPK program is a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 6…

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Scorpions sting Thunderbolts in exhibition game

Posted  October 12, 2012

The Arizona Scorpions, an American Basketball Association semiprofessional team, defeated the Luke Air Force Base varsity basketball team 124-90 in an exhibition game Saturday at the Bryant Fitness Center.

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  October 12, 2012

On DVD: ‘Wrath of the Titans’ by Jayson Burns Two years ago, Warner Bros. gave us a remake of “Clash of the Titans.” It didn’t see much critical acclaim, and it all but threw Greek mythology out the window, but I thought it had fun action sequences and was set at a decent pace with…

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