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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’s Thoughts

Posted  May 2, 2014

Courtesy photo Rushworth Kidder “It may be … what most defines maturity in the twenty-first century will not be physical courage but moral courage.” ~ Rushworth Kidder Being military, I take nothing — absolutely nothing — away from physical courage. However, on a day-to-day, in-garrison environment, we encounter situations that will require decisions of the…

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Fly Over: ‘Now You See Me’, and ‘The Raid 2′

Posted  May 2, 2014

On DVD: Now You See Me Director Louis Leterrier’s 2013 release of “Now You See Me,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Cane, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman, is a fast-paced cat-and-mouse game when a group of solo magicians join together for a magical act known as the Four…

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Sting of AZ car registration softened

Posted  May 2, 2014

Registering a motor vehicle usually happens once a year. In Arizona this process comes at a greater cost than in other states. However, the legal office has information that may help in the process. Arizona has extended a boon to military members, both Arizona residents and nonresidents. In order to take advantage of this benefit,…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 2, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 22: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 820 parking lot. There were no injuries. April 25: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

SFS tops OSS in one-pitch softball Mario Huerta, 56th Security Forces Squadron, takes a swing April 21 during a one-pitch intramural softball game against the 56th Operations Support Squadron at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. SFS defeated OSS 17-6. Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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WW II, Korean War veteran retires at Luke

Posted  April 25, 2014

Courtesy photo A young Master Sgt. Marion Kiszczak, enlisted in the Army Air Corps Sept. 15, 1942. Kiszczak retired in 1969 from the 62nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron at K.I Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich. He returned to his old squadron, which is now the 62nd Fighter Squadron on Luke AFB to have an official retirement…

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Innovative social media has limits

Posted  April 25, 2014

In today’s society people are able to receive and send information as soon as it happens. Text messages and social media sites have become the new norm and Google has become a verb. Some reach out to connect with family or friends who are far away while others may be reaching out for guidance or…

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Excellence unexpected result of mistakes

Posted  April 25, 2014

In our present environment of force shaping actions and an increasing expectation to do more with less, the idea exists that perfection is expected. While excellence remains one of our core values, our heritage is wrought with leaders, who are both men and women, great and small, that questioned the status quo and were not…

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CCRI reaps ‘excellents’

Posted  April 25, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Senior Airman Shane Armour, 56th Communications Squadron networks operation technician, checks the file-share hard drives April 16 at Luke Air Force Base to ensure the drives were running properly to maintain the wing’s documents and files. As technology continues to grow, the digital world of zeros and ones has now become…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Gerald Brown will relinquish command of the 69th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson at 9 a.m. May 2 in Hangar 999. EFMP-M clinic new hours The Exceptional Family Member Program Medical clinic new hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in hours are 8:30 to…

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