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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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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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Wheelchair racing becomes Marine’s passion

Posted  May 16, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Marine Cpl. Ivan Sears races around the track May 8 at Luke Air Force Base where he trained during the Paralympics Desert Challenge in Mesa. Sears is a fourth generation Marine, who, after being injured in 2010, became a silver and gold medal winner during the Wounded Warrior Games. For more photos…

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ACF path to total well being

Posted  May 16, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.” Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. Their goal this year is to communicate across America that mental wellness is central to…

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Leadership: Develop your style

Posted  May 16, 2014

We all may have heard the saying, “Lead from the front and not from a chair.” We are familiar with those supervisors who stand out on the front lines, leading the way, and sometimes we work to fit that specific mold. However, we must take the time to develop a leadership style that best suits…

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News Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. May 30 in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. May 30 in…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 16, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Bret Toliver 56th Dental Squadron Dental Laboratory NCO in charge Hometown: Glendale, Arizona Years in service: 14 Education: Community College of the Air Force in avionics systems technology and dental laboratory Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My wife who accomplishes anything she puts her mind…

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Luke hosts 56th FW quarterly awards luncheon

Posted  May 16, 2014

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Delos Prestia, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech Sgt. Daniel Carter, 607th Air Control Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Brandon Christian, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Ambrosia Tomaino, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. John Wilson,…

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“Daddy, you’re my hero!” Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Jacob Leal, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter apprentice, poses during training at Luke Air Force Base. Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the…

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ITT: One stop shop for travel, recreation

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy Photo Alyssa Gorby, 56th Force Support Squadron recreation aide, talks with a customer May 2 at the ITT satellite facility located in the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. ITT offers discounted tickets on travel destinations, sporting events and lodging. Looking for a discount on a vacation getaway or tickets to the latest show? Information,…

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Air Force News – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Alaska Dirt Boyz from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron clean up Eielson Air Force Base throughout the year to keep the base operational. The Dirt Boyz work regardless of season, temperature or weather conditions. France The people of Avord dedicated a memorial May 8 honoring the crew of a U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress shot down…

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People First – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 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. SecAF relates…

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