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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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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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‘Children’s Museum of Phoenix’ Act like a kid

Posted  May 16, 2014

I’m not really one for the artsy crafty museums of the big cities, so when my wife told me she wanted to go to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, I was not excited. But there was a redeeming thought, “Since it’s a children’s museum, it can’t be too boring.”

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