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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

Street Beat

Posted  June 20, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at South Gate. There were no injuries. Insurance information was exchanged. June 13: Security forces responded to a…

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Sports Shorts – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

FSS dominates first V-ball match of season Bridget Penton, 56th Force Support Squadron, returns a volley during a match with 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron June 9 at Luke Air Force Base. FSS won two out of three games to win the first match of the volleyball season. Story and photo by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter…

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309 FS stands down, piano goes up in flames

Posted  June 13, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA 1st Lt. Tucker Browne, 309th Fighter Squadron pilot, plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the burning piano. Engulfing a 100-year-old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze. The 309th Fighter Squadron invited Airmen from the 56th Operations Group to a…

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New Arms Race: STEM education ensures future force

Posted  June 13, 2014

Selecting a degree or training program is a major decision with far reaching impact. Reasons for pursuing certain degrees vary, from improving one’s current skill set to achieving long term goals. One’s decisions may be influenced by class availability or the goal of “checking a box.” However, as educational technology and funding has increased, Airmen…

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Standards: Foundation for enlisted

Posted  June 13, 2014

“Standards of Conduct, Character and Military Bearing” is a title familiar to us all as one of the enlisted performance report blocks. However, the term “standards” is much broader than that and includes all the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives as professional Airmen. Whether it is an Air Force Instruction, technical order,…

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Biggest loser really biggest winner

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, won this year’s Biggest Loser Contest by dropping 15 percent of her starting body weight. The 56th Force Support Squadron recently held a “biggest loser” contest on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen and civilians from across base measured and weighed in weekly…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Free hangar concert Country-music artists Jerrod Niemann, The Swon Brothers and Laura Walsh will perform at “A Salute to the Troops,” concert 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Hangar 999. Admission is free and the event is open to all ID card holders and their families. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Shuttle…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 13, 2014

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager NCO in charge Hometown: Cameron, Arizona Years in service: Eight Family: Mother, brother and sister Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, South Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: I wouldn’t be who or where I am without my family Goals:…

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LRS Airman finds passion in honor guard

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Master Sgt. Keith Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard NCO in charge, shows new guardsmen how to properly flare their hands June 4 during a firing party at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s primary mission is to provide military honors at funerals for veterans and retirees. Few Airmen are…

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Air Force Reserve announces major selects

Posted  June 13, 2014

The following captains were selected for promotion to major: 944th Fighter Wing Tobby Evans 69th Fighter Squadron Allyson Olson 944th Mission Support Group Sheila Kane 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Douglas Maxwell 924th Fighter Group Jessica Pisano 924th Maintenance Squadron Enrique Navarro

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