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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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Health & Safety

Heat illness summer threat to uninitiated

Posted  June 20, 2014

For Airmen living on Luke Air Force Base, being told that “the summer is hot here” is akin to being told “the water is wet.” It’s a no-brainer. But ask these same Airmen what injuries can come from the summer heat and many of them may shrug or give the “deer in the headlights” stare….

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Luke 1 bids farewell to Thunderbolts

Posted  June 20, 2014

As I look back on the past 20 months as commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, I’m humbled by everything that this team has accomplished. I’d like to highlight a few of those successes and milestones, but first I want to start off with a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Team Luke for your…

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Listening: Required for great leaders

Posted  June 20, 2014

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and you may get a different answer every time. When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important quality of all is their ability…

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Airman defeats high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight with healthy living

Posted  June 20, 2014

Courtesy photos Before: Senior Master Sgt. Dave DeRemer, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs superintendent, is seen in 2007 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before deciding to live a healthier lifestyle. After: DeRemer is seen in August 2013 at the Midwest Evolution Bodybuilding Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, where he won the men’s physique championship…

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News Briefs June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

56th FW change of command Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will relinquish command to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus at 7:56 a.m. today in Hangar 431. Relinqish/assume command Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann will relinquish command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at 8:30 a.m. July 2 in Hangar 913. At the same time Maj….

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 20, 2014

Staff Sgt. Robert Evan McClanahan 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Firefighter crew chief Hometown: Bartlett, Texas Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Meghan; and daughter, Maeve Annie, 5 months Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida; Enrique Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; and Ramstein AB,…

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A grand exit …

Posted  June 20, 2014

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew his final flight at Luke Air Force Base Wednesday in an F-16 Fighting Falcon. He relinquishes command today to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus. Rothstein has been selected for an assignment commanding U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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Taking Fido when PCSing abroad means planning

Posted  June 20, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Dr. J.M. Kiel, Luke Air Force Base Veterinary Services veterinarian, and Hunter Davidson, 56th Medical Support Squadron magnetic resonance imaging technician, position Oersoes, Ajo Border Patrol Station working dog June 10 before putting him through the Siemens MRI machine. Oersoes and another working dog, Goliet, were sedated prior to going through…

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Base VBS considered huge success

Posted  June 20, 2014

Staff Sgt.TIMOTHY BOYER Children look on as Jackie Duarte, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel Vacation Bible School celebration team leader, dances and sings June 4 during the weeklong event. The laughter of 162 children filled the base chapel along with music June 2 through 6 for the 56th Fighter Wing Chapel Vacation Bible School 2014 at…

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June 1999: End of Operation ALLIED FORCE

Posted  June 20, 2014

This week, 15 years ago, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 78-day Operation ALLIED FORCE ended. NATO officially ended its air war against Serbia after Serbian military forces pulled out of Kosovo territory. NATO began the operation in response to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Kosovar Albanians. The operation signified one step in…

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