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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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What goes up must come down

Posted  April 20, 2012

Luke’s mission “To train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots” happens every day, and there are many people involved in the process from maintainers, who keep the jets working, to instructor pilots who teach the student pilots valuable skills. No one, however; has more impact than a small group of Airmen who work to insure the…

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Fly Over: Food Reviews April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Route 56 Grill Looking for a new dining experience on base besides your usual haunts? Why not try the newly remodeled Route 56 Grill at Thunderbolt Lanes. You can order anything from the “Big Lebowski” (double-sized breakfast burrito) to the half-pound grilled Texas beef melt for under $6. Route 56 Grill is open for breakfast,…

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Fly Over: ‘American Reunion’

Posted  April 20, 2012

In an early scene in “American Reunion,” Steve Stifler (played by Seann William Scott) defecates in a cooler of beer belonging to a group of cocky, obnoxious high schoolers on the beach, after the teenagers had fled following a disagreement with our protagonists. In Stifler’s defense, they had it coming. For the next two hours,…

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Chaplain thoughts April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Edward King was commander of American forces at the time of surrender just prior to the Bataan Death March. In surviving the ordeal and later looking back at the horrific experiences of his men, he reflected upon the courage that was still demonstrated by a defeated force. Many of us have…

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GTC makes comeback this year

Posted  April 20, 2012

The Air Force is reverting back to the former government travel card versus using the recently introduced controlled spend account card. The transition will take place en masse in the August/September timeframe of this year. Members who still have GTCs and never switched to the CSA program will not experience any change. For those who…

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24/7 domestic abuse hotline now at Luke

Posted  April 20, 2012

Luke Air Force Base has a new domestic abuse victim advocate available 24/7. There is no charge and the call is confidential. Individuals can call and have questions answered regarding domestic violence without disclosing identifying information about themselves or partners. Purpose? To help serve victims and potential victims of domestic abuse. Eligibility? Limited to active-duty…

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Street Beat April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 5 through 12:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for 10 moving and five nonmoving violations.   Traffic-related incidents April 6: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at the intersection of Johnson Lane and Super Sabre Street. There were no…

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People First April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

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. Special tactics…

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Air Force News April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

North Dakota Officials at Minot Air Force Base will admit the northern-tier base poses several inherent challenges for the Airmen stationed there. Its high-tempo nuclear mission coupled with the base’s isolated location and large population of young Airmen test the resiliency of its members. Base leaders have adapted several programs to teach the Airmen there…

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Reserve program there for those who need help

Posted  April 20, 2012

Rona Barrett, a TV personality, once said, “The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it, whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.” Today we are living in stressful times and it’s not always easy to maintain our resiliency, sometimes we need to…

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