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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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AF leaders seek relief from sequestration-level funding

Posted  March 6, 2015

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III discussed the damaging effects of sequestration with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee Feb. 27.

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Air Force News – March 6, 2015

Posted  March 6, 2015

Hawaii The 2014 Air Force safety awards were announced Feb. 25 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, naming Pacific Air Forces the recipient of the Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award, the highest safety award in the Air Force. Tucson Air Forces Southern joined forces with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Southern Command and…

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People First – March 6, 2015

Posted  March 6, 2015

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, click on the link in each header. Chief tackles TA rumors, slowing pay growth,…

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Airman magazine …

Posted  March 6, 2015

  The March 2015 issue of Airman is now available for download on your tablet by clicking: Apple or Android. In this issue of Airman, our cover story tells the story of Master Sgt. Randy Rollins and his journey as a child who tinkers on Volkswagen Beetles with his uncle, to an Airman who tinkers…

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AF trials underway for 2015 Warrior Games

Posted  March 6, 2015

U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, British and Australian wounded warriors are fighting for a chance to compete at the 2015 Warrior Games during the Air Force Trials Feb. 27 through Thursday.

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FWSAs work for Airmen

Posted  March 6, 2015

Agencies within the fighter wing: Chapel Command and Control Command Chief Master Sergeant Comptroller Squadron Community Initiatives Team Equal Opportunity History Information Protection Inspector General Plans and Programs Protocol Public Affairs Range Management Safety Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Staff Judge Advocate Wing Antiterrorism F-35 Integration   Senior Airman Grace Lee, 56th Fighter Wing Public…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  March 6, 2015

A very wise man once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This line, from the book “Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, indicates that we all need to care about those around us. One essential part of caring is seeing. Having the ability to see…

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Construction enterprise ongoing

Posted  March 6, 2015

The main F-35 Lightning II construction projects include building the Academic Training Center and renovating the runways.   Contract workers survey the foundation of the transient lodging facility Feb. 24 at Luke Air Force Base. The TLF is being built west of the shoppette.   The transient lodging facility started in late November 2014.  …

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Fly Over: ‘Jaws 40th Anniversary’ and ‘Extreme FAT smash DIET′

Posted  March 6, 2015

At the Luke Library: ‘Jaws 40th Anniversary’ The movie begins with a group of young adults enjoying an evening on the beach with a bonfire roaring and someone playing a guitar. The urge to take a nice swim overtakes a young woman and her drunken companion. She races toward the beach as he stumbles behind….

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Handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Posted  March 6, 2015

When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as expected, regardless if take off is from a home or deployed location; but ensuring that the aircraft is healthy enough to fly has become a challenge for the Air Force.

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