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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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Mock trials teach SAPR through demonstration

Posted  March 6, 2015

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Question after question, she attempts to recall the reported events that transpired over the course of the night. The defense attorney, trial counsel and the alleged perpetrator look intently upon the victim as they shift uncomfortably in their seats. “At midnight you decided to go to another bar is…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  March 6, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 16 through 22: Tickets Security forces issued a citation for one moving violation. Nonemergency responses Feb. 25: Security forces responded to a report of damage to private property at the Bldg. 914 parking lot. A member noticed damaged to a vehicle when leaving the building….

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Sports Shorts – March 6, 2014

Posted  March 6, 2015

Shootout lifts LRS to playoff win Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs March Pierrelouis, 56th Communications Squadron teammate, crosses over a defender during the micro soccer tournament match Feb. 23 against 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. The game ended 4-4, and LRS defeated Comm…

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RMO, stakeholders keep eye on sky

Posted  February 27, 2015

Samuel Price The road used to get onto the Barry M. Goldwater Range lies beneath the running water July 9, 2014, that resulted from monsoon rains. With data from the additional recently installed weather stations, personnel will know what the measurable rain is before going to the area, ensuring their safety. Following are measurements during…

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Commentary

Resource management — Doing more with less

Posted  February 27, 2015

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem…

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Situational awareness

Posted  February 27, 2015

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing…

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Air Force OSI agents prevent online exploitation of children

Posted  February 27, 2015

QUANTICO, Va. — Child sex crimes are not unique to any particular base but are a perpetual problem across the Air Force and society. Online exploitation of children continues to be a problem and is routinely investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. As part of this effort, AFOSI field units have partnered…

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News Briefs February 27, 2015

Posted  February 27, 2015

MDG appointment line upgrade Patients calling the 56th Medical Group at 623-856-2273 Wednesday afternoon to schedule an appointment may reach a busy signal and may have to call back if all booking agents are on the line with other callers. The queue function allowing patients to wait on hold for the next available booking agent…

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Salutes & Awards

Airmen get T-bolts to give blood, win award

Posted  February 27, 2015

Tech. Sgt. Alisa Frisch, 56th Medical Group unit training manager, and Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, 56th Medical Support Squadron, were among the top 3 percent of award-winning blood drive coordinators recently honored by United Blood Services, earning a Hero Award for providing the largest impact on the blood supply. Of the 1,080 organizations that sponsored blood…

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New Sniper pod helps put pilots’ eyes on target

Posted  February 27, 2015

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 425th Fighter Squadron recently installed Sniper Pods onto their F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force Base. Sniper pods provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilized surveillance for all missions, including close-air support of ground forces. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the world’s most iconic aircraft in the Air…

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