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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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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

Staff Sgt. Erik Walker 56th Medical Support Squadron Quality Control technologist Hometown: Abilene, Texas Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Joanna; expecting in December Education: Community College of the Air Force in radiology technology Previous assignments: Osan, Republic of Korea; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: My father; a retired master sergeant Goals: To ensure…

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In Brief – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

New TSP contributions open Active-duty members of the Air Force, Army and Navy are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of investment planning through the member’s online MyPay account or submit a TSP-U-1 form to the finance office. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from the service member’s…

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Health & Safety

Early detection key to cure

Posted  October 19, 2012

More than two million survivors of breast cancer are living in the U.S. today. Do you know what that means?

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Commentary

What is your word worth?

Posted  October 19, 2012

Your word, promise and integrity are worth something. The value placed on them is different for everybody. The old saying, “my word is my bond,” is a powerful statement that builds confidence and helps you become known as a reliable person. Disregarding your word not only adversely affects those relying on you, it also depletes…

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‘Widows’ devoted to excellence

Posted  October 19, 2012

Under the Peace Carvin II program, the 425th Fighter Squadron received nine borrowed ex-Thunderbird F-16A/Bs Dec. 30, 1992, and reactivated the squadron at Luke Air Force Base. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of this program and the U.S. Air Force’s special relationship with Singapore here at Luke. The Black Widows are a unique…

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Events

Nature, earth festival happens on three rivers

Posted  October 19, 2012

Bird watching, canoe riding, paddle boarding and crocodile wrestling … well, no crocodile wrestling. But at the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival, a free one-day festival, these and other events are scheduled. The Oct. 27 festival is geared toward educating participants about the environment. “Tres Rios refers to the confluence of the Gila, Salt…

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Ducks help feed world’s hungry

Posted  October 19, 2012

Everyday there are children suffering from starvation throughout the world and to help make a difference, airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base participated Saturday in an event with Feed My Starving Children in Tempe.

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Sports Shorts – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

Pushing weight around Photos by Staff Sgt. CJ Hatch Jacob Scoresby deadlifts more than 400 pounds during the Bryant Fitness Center Powerlifting competition held Oct. 19. Scoresby lifted a total of 2,450 pounds placing second as Luke’s strongest male. Ryan Steadley performs a squat during the Bryant Fitness Center Powerlifting competition held Oct. 19. The…

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Base exchange opens doors to local vendors

Posted  October 26, 2012

While the economy may have forced some retailers to scale back on merchandise or services, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is actively seeking the assistance of local businesses to increase the product selection troops and their families find at their exchange. “Some shoppers drive up to 40 miles or more to come to…

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Operation KIDS makes impact

Posted  October 26, 2012

Children generally don’t see all the things parents do to prepare or how they live once they’re deployed, but the Luke Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readiness Center hopes to change that by offering a day camp once a year called Operations KIDS.

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