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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

Risk factors, warning signs predictors of suicide

Posted  December 14, 2012

Before intervention. Before support. Even before treatment … there is prevention. Tragically, 36,000 lives are lost to suicide each year in the U.S. Tens of thousands more attempt suicide. Every day families, friends, coworkers and neighbors lose someone they care about. Intervention, support and treatment can help, but to get to the heart of suicide,…

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Civilian volunteer at tax center gives back

Posted  December 14, 2012

I started volunteering at Luke Air Force Base Tax Center in January. It has been a great experience. As a retired high school teacher of 33 years, I have no affiliation with the military, but I enjoy being able to give back to them for all they have done. How can we help those who…

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People First – December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

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. OTS transforms…

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Air Force News – December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection Commanders across the Air Force began conducting health and welfare inspections Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark…

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Sharing geographic information big payoff for stakeholders

Posted  December 14, 2012

When separate agencies working together have a greater outcome than the sum total of each part, there is a big payoff. So when the 56th Range Management Office hosted its annual meeting with 27 geographic information systems professionals at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in November, it was a time to acknowledge their…

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Pilots, maintainers come together

Posted  December 14, 2012

Training the world’s greatest F-16 pilots is no small feat. That’s why it is up to the Airmen who oversee the maintenance and those who operate the F-16s to come together and communicate with one another to keep the mission at Luke Air Force Base going strong. To accomplish this, a team of two Airmen…

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Shirts bearing gifts …

Posted  December 14, 2012

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Jermaine Jones, 56th Communications Squadron first sergeant, hands cookies to Airman 1st Class Brian Lefevere, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, Dec. 10 at the door to his dorm room. The first sergeants delivered cookies to 578 Airmen living in the dorms and work centers around base. The officers and…

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Local Briefs December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Fitness center renovations Bryant Fitness Center floor will be undergoing renovations Monday through Dec. 31. There will be limited access to the main entrance of the fitness center. Signs will be posted for alternate entrance and exit points. For more information, call the fitness center at (623) 856-6241. Thrift shop holiday hours The thrift shop…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 14, 2012

Airman 1st Class Zachary Zellner 607th Air Control Squadron Weapons simulation technician Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. Years in service: One Family: Mom and a sister Education: A finance degree from West Virginia University Inspirations: My mom inspired and taught me to endure and attain my goals Goals: Complete a master’s and PhD by age 30 Greatest…

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Steps to finding federal job easy

Posted  December 14, 2012

Often the task of finding a job with the federal government seems overwhelming. A person can have the feeling of not knowing where to begin, but it’s not as daunting a task as many people fear it to be. It is a fairly straight forward process. Cari Morrison, 56th Force Support Squadron Human Resources specialist,…

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