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Construction plan supports F-35 program

A multi-disciplinary team across the 56th Fighter Wing is preparing Luke Air Force Base to become the largest F-35 Lightning II training base in the world.

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Munition flight’s isolation strengthens unit

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight involves all types of conventional munition systems and is an essential component to the Luke Air Force Base mission.

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Reservist lends hand

Master Sgt. Steven Joubert, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, is the first Air Reserve technician aircrew chief to hold a position within the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit since the base realignment and closure in 2007.

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This week in history

Forty years ago, I stood with 4,400 other academy cadets listening to a motivational speech about patriotism. It was a short speech because Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. knew he stood between us and our allotted 20 minutes for lunch.

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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.


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Luke gets drenched

Posted  September 12, 2014

The water level creeps toward the 56th Fighter Wing headquarters building Monday on Luke Air Force Base. Flooding areas around Luke, nearly four inches of rain fell during the late monsoon season storm. It was joined by weather that originated in the Pacific Ocean from Hurricane Norbert.

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Health & Safety

PTs human body ‘maintainers’

Posted  September 12, 2014

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Kellie Kasischke, 56th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy NCO in charge, teaches Courtney Barns, 11, daughter of Maj. David Barns, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain, how to properly use crutches Aug. 22 at the Luke Air Force Base Medical Clinic. Similar to how a jet needs to be maintained, the human…

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‘Hey, are you OK?’

Posted  September 12, 2014

September is Suicide Prevention Month in the Air Force, and focuses on encouraging Airmen to get to know their wingmen and to have the courage to ask someone, “Hey are you OK?” Sometimes, all it takes to avoid the tragedy of someone committing suicide is to ask the person, “Are you all right.” To someone…

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Signs of suicidal thoughts

Posted  September 12, 2014

Always talking or thinking about death Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating Having a “death wish” by tempting fate via taking risks that could lead to death such as driving fast or running red lights Losing interest in the things one used to care about Making comments about being…

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Core elements work together

Posted  September 12, 2014

The Air Force has built a suicide prevention program based on 11 overlapping core elements that stress community involvement and leadership in the prevention of suicides in the military: Leadership involvement — Air Force leaders actively support the entire spectrum of suicide prevention initiatives in the community. Addressing suicide prevention through professional military education —…

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Air Force News – September 12, 2014

Posted  September 12, 2014

Germany Air Mobility Command’s mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces, a capability demonstrated during Steadfast Javelin II, a large-scale, joint multinational exercise held Aug. 31 through Thursday on Ramstein Air Base. Mauritania Six African nations participated in a week-long group intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning exercise Sept. 3…

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People First – September 12, 2014

Posted  September 12, 2014

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, click on the link in each header. CMSAF discusses enlisted evaluation changes Chief Master…

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Weapons maintainers: Providing munitions for the mission

Posted  September 12, 2014

Most everything that can go ‘boom’ that is used on base has to go through the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 12, 2014

Americans owe $1,200,000,000,000 in college debt (yes, that’s a trillion). According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, students hold an average of $29,400 in debt at graduation. That monthly debt repayment plan starts upon graduation and can easily top $1,000 a month. There are federal loan forgiveness programs (www.consumerfinance.gov) but the process can be complex…

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Salutes & Awards

Emerald Knights birth 16 Viper drivers

Posted  September 12, 2014

FROM LEFT:1st Lts. Brad Leffler, Thomas Nichols, Andrew Kopec, Lonnie Sackett, Daniel Gwynn and Henry Perot; Capt. Ryan Forystek; 1st Lts. Scott Neidrick, Kyle Blase and Zach Clements; Capt. Matt Garris; 1st Lt. Brad Oatmen; Capt. Chris Pauley; 1st Lts. Sam Major, Chris Jeffers and Josh Lemair graduate today from the 308th Fighter Squadron B-Course,…

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