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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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Red Ribbon Week approaches

Posted  October 19, 2012

On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, Calif., wore red ribbons in his honor. This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the…

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MilPDS upgrade on schedule for December

Posted  October 19, 2012

During December, the Air Force Personnel Center will be required to comply with Defense Department regulations by upgrading the Military Personnel Data System and transferring it into the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center. This upgrade and migration will require MilPDS unavailability beginning Dec. 3 for approximately 23 days. As with any upgrade,…

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Chapel opens door to free festival for Luke community

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel will hold the 39th annual Hallelujah Night Fall Festival.

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Qualified disabled make contribution in work place

Posted  October 19, 2012

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In observance of the month, the NDEAM committee is featuring a luncheon Oct. 26 at Club Five Six. The observance dates back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week of October in each year National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, according to Tech. Sgt….

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Men, cars get ‘once over’ at expo

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Medical Group sponsored the latest Men's Health event which featured a car show, health screenings, demonstrations and rides.

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People First – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF facilities…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.” ~ Henry Kissinger I often meet people who say they have no direction in life; that they feel like they are only existing … only going through the motions. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans…

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Street Beat – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 5 through Oct. 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct.10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Super Sabre Street and Johnson Lane. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Oct. 11:…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 19, 2012

The engines roared overhead as an F-35A fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for the test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane.

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AFSO21 saved 56th FW big $$

Posted  October 19, 2012

An Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century Excess Inventory Redistribution/6S event was held at Luke Air Force Base. It helped members of the Luke Air Force Base weapons back shop organize needed on-hand supplies and identify excess inventory that will eventually be redistributed across the base. This single event is one of many…

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