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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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LAFB water gets report card

Posted  June 13, 2014

The 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight released the Luke Air Force Base 2013 Annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality May 20. The Environmental Protection Agency requires this report be available to the consuming public. The CCR describes the presence of contaminants that may be in the drinking water and any health…

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Air Force News – June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

California The Air Force awarded a $914,699,474 contract to Lockheed Martin on June 2 to develop a system that will track objects in Earth’s orbit with far greater confidence and fidelity. The projected initial operational capability is fiscal year 2019. Germany This past Memorial Day, the 37th Air Squadron at Ramstein Air Base welcomed the…

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People First – June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 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. Quality Force…

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Aircrew flight equipment Airmen keep pilots on mission

Posted  June 13, 2014

The Airmen of Luke Air Force Base work tirelessly to ensure the safety of each mission launched from the base.

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Airman fitness includes social aspect

Posted  June 13, 2014

The word “social” can be defined as pertaining to, devoted to or characterized by friendly companionship or relations. “Fitness” is the condition of being physically in shape and healthy or the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task. Put the two together and “social fitness” can be defined as the ability…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 13, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 20 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a minor two-privately owned vehicle accident in the medical clinic parking lot. Security forces arrived on scene and facilitated information exchange. There…

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The Noah’s Ark of Wildlife Zoos

Posted  June 13, 2014

I have driven past signs off of Northern Avenue saying Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium but figured this place might be a little on the boring side. I mean, how many good exhibits could they have in the middle of a desert? The answer – a whole bunch! I walked through the East Entrance of…

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This week in history

Posted  June 13, 2014

Luke Airmen perform maintenance on an F-84 windscreen assembly. June 11, 1964: Last F-84 departs Luke The F-84 program ended at Luke Air Force Base 50 years ago this week after producing 6,930 graduates. The Republic F-84G Thunderjet brought Luke into the jet age on Feb. 1, 1951. Luke flew two versions of the F-84…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 13, 2014

Courtesy photo Albert Ernest Clifford Young “I like to finish what I start doing. I like to see it through to the end, to the best of my ability.” ~ Albert Ernest Clifford Young Until April 1983 Cliff Young was known primarily as a potato farmer from rural Australia. But at age 61, Cliff, who’d…

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Pull aside, stay alive, message for drivers

Posted  June 13, 2014

That’s the familiar message to drivers from the Arizona Department of Transportation as another summer monsoon approaches. For the third year, ADOT continues its efforts to educate drivers about the threat of dust storms as the monsoon officially begins Sunday. ADOT shows motorists the real meaning of “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” with new television and…

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