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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 – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 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. National Parks free…

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Air Force News – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force conducts around clock ops to deliver storm relief Airmen and transport aircraft from across the nation converged at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Nov. 1 to begin part of the Air Force’s movement of relief supplies and equipment to the beleaguered areas of New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane…

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Street Beat – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 26 to Nov. 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and two non-moving violations. Traffic related incidents Oct. 31: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the BX parking lot. There were no injuries. Oct. 31: Security forces…

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Teaching children attitude of gratitude

Posted  November 9, 2012

Some parents may reach out this time of year to teach their children to be thankful knowing that being thankful is a year-round activity. But, Thanksgiving is a good time to kick-off a time for learning and practicing thankfulness that will last beyond the holiday season. To improve an attitude of gratitude: Give a thankful…

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Exchange to open at 4 a.m. on ‘Black Friday’

Posted  November 9, 2012

Military shoppers can come early and gobble up the savings as the Luke AFB Exchange will open its doors 4 a.m. Nov. 23 for “Black Friday” sales. “From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving,” said Pete Alaniz, Base Exchange general manager. “The day after is the unofficial holiday season for many exchange shoppers. The deals…

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Renters’ rights spelled out in tenant act

Posted  November 9, 2012

When entering and exiting a lease, it is important to know what tenants’ rights are in Arizona, especially when it comes to security deposits. According to the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, a landlord cannot demand or receive a security deposit in excess of one and a half months’ rent unless the tenant agrees…

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Library perks up offerings

Posted  November 9, 2012

There are plenty of changes happening at the Luke Air Force Base Library. Part of the library’s Main Reading Room was recently modified to make room for a “Laptop Lounge” complete with comfortable chairs, study tables, vending machines and, of course, Wi-Fi. Members can study, relax or make use of the multiple media the library…

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Back from the depths: Court martial, jail time, return to duty – What I learned through it all

Posted  November 9, 2012

When the military judge told my defense counsel and me to stand for the announcement of my sentence, my heart stopped, and my stomach sank. I thought about my son, my brothers and my fellow Airmen. I hoped and prayed that my 18 years of service were not about to end. And I felt sadness…

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Airman receives medal

Posted  November 9, 2012

  Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents Staff Sgt. Benjamin Lemus, 56th Medical Group optometry technician, with an Achievement Medal Nov. 2 at Luke Air Force Base. During the 2012 Men’s Health Expo, Lemus’ observations and early surgical intervention recommended for a patient helped save the patient’s vision. This was Rothstein’s first…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

 Senior Airman Grant Shoemaker 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew chief Hometown: Seattle Years in service: Four Family: Father, John; mother, Heidi; and brother, Kurt Previous assignments: Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: To be the best I can be Goals: Be successful, rich, travel the world and complete a crazy bucket list with a friend,…

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