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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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Thunderbolt reflects on disaster

Posted  May 2, 2014

Many people know what it’s like to live through a natural disaster. Growing up in California may allow someone to know what an earthquake is like while someone in the Midwest may be more familiar with tornados. But most of the natural disasters that have occurred in the United States in recent years pale in…

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Health & Safety

Stress: Everyday occurrence for T-bolts

Posted  May 2, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base offers resources to Airmen and family members dealing with stress. With the unique challenges that the busy Air Force lifestyle presents to Airmen and family members, some can easily be overcome by stress. However, here at Luke Air Force Base there are resources available to help Airmen…

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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted  May 2, 2014

Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow, 56th…

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Salutes & Awards

Practice makes precision …

Posted  May 2, 2014

Members of the 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard practice a casket sequence April 23 at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s mission is to provide military honors for veterans and retirees.

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Pilot for a day

Posted  May 2, 2014

Garret “Halo” Ray, 7, is pilot for a day April 18 as Capt. Mark Browning, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows him the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Ray also visited with Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, and experienced the flight simulator.

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Exchange pricing parity ensures consistency worldwide

Posted  May 2, 2014

Whether stationed at Luke Air Force Base or abroad, service members can expect to find the same, or very similar, prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. Known as pricing parity, this practice ensures Exchange prices are established centrally. “While there may be some slight price differentiations that occur with items purchased…

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Air Force News – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

Oklahoma Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke during an all call April 23 at Altus Air Force Base. The visit marked James’ first trip to Altus as the SecAF. She met with civic leaders, spoke to base personnel about the future of the Air Force and learned more about cost-saving innovations initiated…

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People First – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 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. AF top…

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Take a trip into world of music

Posted  May 2, 2014

It speaks to generations, spans across languages and inspires people. From the moment you step foot in the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix you will see the “Music is the language of the soul” collage against the lobby wall. This is more than a unique museum; it is a journey across the musical globe.

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Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

Posted  May 2, 2014

The leadership team remains protected behind shields while Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th FW commander, sprays Luke Air Force Base Airmen with a fire hose during the dining-in at Luke Air Force Base.   The 56th Mission Support Group taps challenge coins on the table during the event. Tapping coins on the table is a…

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