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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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People First – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

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. Unique developmental opportunities…

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This week in history

Posted  July 11, 2014

Courtesy photo Capt. Fred Christensen July 7, 1944: Six in one day Seventy years ago this week, Capt. Fred Christensen, 62nd Fighter Squadron, was the first American fighter pilot to shoot down six Luftwaffe aircraft in one day. In fact, it took him under two minutes. Christensen was already a triple ace with 15.5 kills…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  July 11, 2014

Courtesy photo William Hersey Davis “Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.” ~ William Hersey Davis How do you wish to be remembered? I hate to break this to you, but we are all going to “buy the farm” one…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  July 11, 2014

Who wants to be a millionaire? Time is the precious asset for building a roadmap toward this goal. If you start saving for retirement at age 25, you only have to save about $4,830 annually to reach $1 million by age 65, assuming an annual return of 7 percent. That equates to $365 a month,…

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Freedom Fest Celebration

Posted  July 11, 2014

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams The sky was bright with fireworks July 4 over Luke Air Force Base at the annual Freedom Fest, which drew more than 2,000 spectators. The show, set to music, was the finale of the base’s Independence Day celebration at Fowler Park.   Attendees enjoy a line dance July 4…

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Financial readiness campaign kicks off Wednesday

Posted  July 11, 2014

The complexity of today’s financial environment combined with the realities of military life present special financial challenges for service members and their families. Frequent relocation, a steady paycheck, separation from family and friends, and the stresses of deployment can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. In recognition of these challenges and the…

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Fly Over: ‘The Terminator’ and ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’

Posted  July 11, 2014

On DVD: ‘The Terminator’ “The Terminator” starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator), Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor), and Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese), and directed by James Cameron features a human-looking, almost indestructible cyborg sent from the year 2029 back in time to 1984 to execute Sarah Connor. At 1:52 a.m. an alleyway is lit up by…

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Summer reading program off, running

Posted  July 11, 2014

Luke Air Force Base children view 56th Security Forces Squadron tactical gear June 25 during the “Paws to Read” summer reading program at the 56th Force Support Squadron Library. “Paws to Read” summer reading program is 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through July 30.   Round up your “two-legged pups,” ages 4 to 12, and send them…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  July 11, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 23 through July 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 23: An active-duty member was arrested by Glendale police on Glendale Avenue for driving under the influence with a BrAC of .084 percent. The individual was later released to…

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Sports Shorts – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Nothing but net Story and photo by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs June 23 marked the beginning of the summer 2014 Intramural Basketball Season at Luke Air Force Base and features the East and West regions with 11 teams representing each region. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment squared off with the…

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