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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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Chaplain thoughts – January 25, 2012

Posted  January 25, 2013

“I look upon the spiritual life of the soldier as even more important than his physical equipment … the heart, spirit and soul are everything.” ~ Gen. George C. Marshall I encourage you to read Psalm 91 which is often referred to as the “Soldier’s Psalm;” it is more than good enough for Airmen too….

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Call to action – Three ways to combat sexual assault

Posted  January 25, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas — While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, “Will my…

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People First – January 25, 2012

Posted  January 25, 2013

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. Nonvolunteer MTI…

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Air Force News – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

GI Bill education transfer incurs 4 years for Airmen When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2- or 3-year active-duty service commitment. That phase-in period expired July 31, 2012, and all active-duty Airmen now incur a four-year ADSC, said Bruce…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  January 25, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situation from Jan. 11 through 17: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot adjacent to Fighter Country Inn. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses Jan. 11: Security…

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Keeping New Year’s resolution calls for plan

Posted  January 25, 2013

For some people waking up on New Year’s Day means a fresh start. For others, it may feel like there is a lot of work ahead, especially if they’ve made a New Year’s resolution. The Examiner reported that American’s top three goals for 2013 are sticking to a budget, getting in better shape and developing…

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Portion control #1 for losing weight

Posted  January 25, 2013

You’ve changed the foods you eat to include more fruits and veggies. You’ve cut back on the soda and you’ve started exercising three times a week. And yet, you’re not losing weight … or at least, you’re not losing enough. Why? It really all boils down to two very small, but significant words: portion control….

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Servant-leadership style worthwhile, effective

Posted  January 25, 2013

I’ve spent 21 years in the military, serving as both an enlisted member and an officer. I’ve seen “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of leadership styles. However, the most worthwhile and effective styles of leadership I’ve seen is the servant leader. I have read many books on the servant leader style, and I…

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Not too late to stop flu

Posted  January 25, 2013

Every year, especially during winter, people get sick from the flu, but there are ways to lower one’s chances of getting sick and speed the healing process. “The seasonal flu is from a strain or strains of the influenza virus that causes a contagious respiratory illness infecting the nose, throat and lungs,” said Rachel Perkins-Garner,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Chynna Smith 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Management Hometown: Vancouver, Wash. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Todd and Cindy; and sisters, Cassandra, Sage and Jeni Inspirations: My parents; they’ve shown me nothing is impossible Goals: To complete school and become an officer Greatest feat: Passing my career development course the first…

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