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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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Special duty jobs up for grabs

Posted  November 2, 2012

Airmen looking for a new challenge in the Air Force have an opportunity to apply for a special duty, including becoming a military training instructor, honor guardsman or recruiter. Three Airmen who made up the Air Education and Training Command special duty recruiting team visited Luke Air Force Base Oct. 23 to discuss their current…

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Disabled retiree has story of courage, rebirth

Posted  November 2, 2012

Former Air Force Capt. David Berling is currently a civilian contract specialist with the 56th Contracting Squadron. Berling was medically retired from the Air Force in 2009....

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Wing quarterly awards announced

Posted  November 2, 2012

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Brian Runyon, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Ashley Stallworth, 56th Dental Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Poun Thies, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Brennan Lawson, 56th Contracting Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. Jeremy Kovacs, 56th…

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ALS graduate 36

Posted  November 2, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School class 12-7 graduated two staff sergeants and 34 senior airmen Oct. 25. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Staff Sgt. William Chavez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Anthtae Taggart, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Doron Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron;…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 2, 2012

Senior Airman Wade Williams Jr. 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Support technician Hometown: Riverside, Calif. Years in service: Five Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Park University in information computer science Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: My father, a successful business owner and great mechanic Goals: Finish college and make master sergeant Greatest…

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In Brief – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will have the annual Bunco luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Club Five Six. Wear a favorite football team jersey and eat tailgating style. Officers’ spouses are invited. For more information, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Voting locations To vote in person Tuesday, go to http://www.azsos.gov/election/UpcomingElections.htm to find a…

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Belgian airman brings experience to Luke

Posted  November 2, 2012

Belgian Commandant Michael Artiges stands in front of his new home, the 308th Fighter Squadron. He came to Luke Air Force Base as part of the Military Personnel Exchange Program to serve an instructor pilot for three years. The MPEP at Luke has 10 positions – seven pilots, two maintenance officers and one logistics officer….

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Making the ‘hard call’

Posted  November 2, 2012

When was the last time you sat down with your Airman and said, “No, you cannot take leave because we have work to do,” or “I’m sorry but you are not getting a decoration because of …,” or finally my favorite, “No, you may not leave during the middle of an exercise to go buy…

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Captain asks: Why bother voting?

Posted  November 2, 2012

Why should I bother voting in elections? What does my single vote matter? It’s an all-too-common sentiment in the U.S. as voter turnout rates have historically remained very low in elections held every two years. Low voter turnout is especially surprising when considering the millions of people in the past who have fought and died…

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Health & Safety

Eye disorder discovered at Men’s Health Expo

Posted  November 2, 2012

It was a day like any other when retired Air Force Maj. William Best discovered something new about his health Oct. 12 at the Men’s Health Expo on Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group held its first-ever MHE with the goal of touching base with men in regard to their health, said Staff…

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