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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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Events

Exchange Patriot Family Pet Contest is cat’s meow

Posted  May 16, 2014

A bird in the hand may be worth two in the bush, but the latest Luke Air Force Base Exchange Patriot Family Pet Contest is focused on all manner of furry and feathered friends. The exchange will reward $250 in gift cards to four lucky pet owners. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday shoppers…

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This week in history

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle Talon sits on the Luke Air Force Base flightline in 1988. 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and LANTIRN Two related events occurred at Luke Air Force Base 25 years ago this week. The 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron received its first McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft on May 15,…

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Luke hosts training for paralympians

Posted  May 16, 2014

The Desert Challenge Disabled Sports Games for 2014 took place May 10 at Red Mountain High School in Mesa. Disabled veterans and active-duty service members competed this weekend to qualify in their respective events.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 16, 2014

Leaving the military for civilian life can sometimes deal a financial blow to the unprepared. If you’ve contributed to the Thrift Savings Plan, cashing out early – before age 59 1/2 – won’t just rob you of the money you’ll need for retirement. You will also have to pay taxes on the withdrawals, and typically…

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Justice Report

Posted  May 16, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for April: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • An airman received an Article 15 for damaging government property valued at more than $500. The member received forfeiture of $250 pay per month for two months, 14 days restriction and a reprimand….

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  May 16, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 6 through 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 1113 parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses May 7: Security…

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Fly Over: ‘American Horror Story – Season One’, and ‘Childish Gambino presents: Because the Internet’

Posted  May 16, 2014

On FX and Netflix: American Horror Story – Season One American Horror Story, created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, is considered an anthology series featured on the FX channel. The series features Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe and Zachary Quinto, just to name a few. As the series expands beyond the first season,…

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Health & Safety

Are you ready for Arizona’s Summer Heat?

Posted  May 16, 2014

Heat killed 139 people in Arizona in 2013. The best way to reduce that number is to be prepared. A new report, “The Trend in Morbidity and Mortality from Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat in Arizona,” shows heat is linked to an average of 118 deaths every year since 2000. It also shows that men…

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Luke exchange offers protective gear for bikers

Posted  May 16, 2014

According to NBC 4 in Washington, 20 percent of Soldiers and six percent of Airmen ride motorcycles. The Defense Department states the number of motorcycle riders among military members is expected to rise in 2014. As a partner in readiness, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is committed to providing a wide selection of…

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Sports Shorts – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

COMM dominates FWSA in intramural softball game Christopher Gilbert, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes a swing at the ball during an intramural softball game against 56th Communication Squadron May 6 at Luke Air Force Base. COMM defeated the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies team 15-1.   Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron, playing for the 56th…

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