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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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Fly Over: ’47 Ronin’, and ‘Breaking Amish’

Posted  April 25, 2014

On DVD: 47 Ronin Set in feudal Japan, Keanu Reeves stars in the action-adventure epic, “47 Ronin.” After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves) – an enslaved half-breed they once…

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March of the Fallen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Military members and local community members gather April 20 to participate in the 2014 March of the Fallen event at the Raven Golf Course at Verrado in Buckeye.   The community comes together April 20 to show their support for fallen military members during the annual rucksack march.   Airmen represent the 56th Civil Engineer…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 25, 2014

When active-duty members receive their last leave and earnings statement on active duty, the LES will state that their end-of-month paycheck will be withheld. This is normal. Their final paycheck will be calculated manually by a comptroller technician to include (if applicable) leave sellback, separation/severance pay, and unpaid debts along with their regular pay. For…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 25, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 15: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle in the parking lot of Bldg….

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Sports Shorts – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, backs down a defender during the intramural basketball championship game April 14 against 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated FSS 50-41. LRS takes B-ball championship 50-41 Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Last year, the 56th Force Support Squadron…

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Air Force News – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 24, 2014

Hawaii As part of a morale tour sponsored by the American 300 Warrior Support Organization, U.S. Olympian and Sochi Olympics bronze medal winner Alex Deibold toured the 15th Wing and visited with Airmen at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Romania A week-long bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and the Romanian air force concluded at the…

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Weather: Exercise component

Posted  April 18, 2014

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for a hurricane-force winds scenario.

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Plane crash, coma doesn’t deter pilot

Posted  April 18, 2014

Courtesy photo Retired Capt. David Berling, 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, stands in front of his 1977 Cessna RG March 23, 2012, at the Glendale Airport. Berling lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash, the subject of which he has written about in a book. After a 2007 plane crash, nine days in a…

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Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

Posted  April 18, 2014

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily…

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Preparing for next rank makes successful Airmen

Posted  April 18, 2014

As Airmen we have many responsibilities and duties we must carry out in accordance with our jobs. According to AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, our responsibilities are as follows: junior enlisted Airmen initially focus on adapting to military requirements, achieving occupational proficiency and learning how to become highly productive members of the Air Force….

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