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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Steven Jones 56th Training Squadron Air Education and Training Command Formal Training Instructor – Weapons Director Hometown: Fresno, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Lindsey Education: Community College of the Air Force air and space operations technology and instructor of technology and military science Previous assignments: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho…

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News Briefs: February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

MiCARE Luke Air Force Base outpatient clinic will soon start using MiCARE to communicate with patients assigned to primary care managers through a confidential secure online email messaging service called MiCare. To register, complete a MiCare registration form within the next two months. Adults must register in person. For pediatric patients, a parent must complete…

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Health & Safety

Weather keeps lives, resources safe

Posted  February 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Jerry Conley, 56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight forecaster, checks forecasts of the local area Feb. 12 at the base operations building on Luke Air Force Base. The weather section helps keep Luke’s pilots safe by providing up-to-date information about the weather and potential hazards that may occur….

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Exceeding standards, expectations must be daily goal

Posted  February 22, 2013

Every Airman’s ability to go above and beyond what’s expected of him begins long before joining the U.S. Air Force. Along the way, we do it for spouses, family, friends, supervisors, community and maybe even ourselves. But is it done rarely, occasionally or often? Whatever the answer, as Airmen we now must challenge ourselves to…

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Trip reduction survey gauges success

Posted  February 22, 2013

Maricopa County Air Quality Department recently sent out the annual trip reduction survey and Luke Air Force Base is within the area affected by the survey. The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the State of Arizona’s response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One…

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Pronghorn continue to thrive

Posted  February 22, 2013

Aaron Alvidrez Dan Garcia, 56th Range Management Office En­vironmental Sciences chief, holds the head of a pronghorn while the marking and veterinary team members process it for relocation. An estimated 85 percent of the U.S. population of Sonoran pronghorn died during a severe drought in 2001 and 2002. They inhabit the Barry M. Goldwater Range,…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Flag football all-stars get challenged   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Morgan Gore, 56th Communications Squadron, runs backwards toward the end of the cone during the flag football all-star quarterback challenge Feb. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Gore completed the drill in 21 seconds.   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams…

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Commentary

Vet shares thoughts on black history

Posted  March 1, 2013

African-American Heritage Month just concluded, and as I reflect on the event some thoughts have come to mind. Why do we celebrate Black History Month is a question that you might get from younger Airmen and NCOs. As a leader I thought I would give you at least my perspective on the value of a…

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POL gasses up F-16s

Posted  March 1, 2013

Every day, Airmen across Luke Air Force Base get their hands dirty to get the mission accomplished. One of the dirtiest jobs on base may be in the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Flight.

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Exchange store manager lends helping hand in Afghanistan

Posted  March 1, 2013

DALLAS — Putting in 14-hour workdays seven days a week in a combat zone would be enough excitement for most people. But Army & Air Force Exchange Service store manager Maria Schizas-Price wanted to do more. So she volunteered with a local Navy detachment to reach out to the local community near her base in…

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