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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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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 30, 2014

Beginning July 1, Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance will increase. The SGLI premium rate will increase from the current level of 6.5 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage to 7 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage. This will increase the premium for Airmen with the maximum coverage of $400,000, for example, from $26 to…

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Mini Thunderbolts build bikes

Posted  May 30, 2014

It’s an exciting moment, seeing children’s faces full of joy and anticipation as they wait to start building a new bicycle.

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This Week in History

Posted  May 30, 2014

Courtesy photo Remains of an enemy ammunition train after a P-47 strafing attack at Compiegne, France. May 21, 1944: Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO The 56th Fighter Group was taking part in Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO 70 years ago this week. The Allied Air Forces operation began on May 21, 1944. It was part of the larger transportation…

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310th AMU: Keeping the Tophats ‘Bad to the Bone’

Posted  May 30, 2014

It takes a lot of work to keep an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying, and it takes a lot of people to keep the seven fighter squadrons at Luke Air Force Base mission-ready.

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Fly Over: ‘Sala Thai’, and ‘Godzilla’

Posted  May 30, 2014

Eating out: Sala Thai Where does one go in the West Valley when the craving for exotic Asian food strikes and Chinese super buffets just don’t cut it anymore? Since my wife and I moved to Phoenix a year ago, I noticed more and more people turn to Thai restaurants to get their Asian food…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 30, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 12 through 19: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 13: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a fixed object in the Bldg. 1541 parking garage. The…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  May 30, 2014

Courtesy photo Denis Waitley “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley Where is it you find genuine happiness? How do you even define happiness? We have all heard the old saying “it’s not the destination, it’s…

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944th CES knocks it out of park

Posted  May 30, 2014

Last month, Airmen from the 944th Fighter Wing, temporarily said goodbye to the desert sun of Arizona and aloha to the tropical weather and beautiful scenery of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

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Sports Shorts – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Luke opens courts to AF women’s volleyball team Story and photos by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Amber Coley, 4th Medical Group and member of the Air Force Women’s Volleyball Team, practices in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center May 15. After selective tryouts, women of different ranks came together May…

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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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