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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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Maintenance pros stand out at banquet

Posted  March 28, 2014

Grace Lee The 56th Maintenance Group held its annual Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet March 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The theme was “A Tradition of Honor … A Legacy of Valor.” When one thinks of the Air Force and its mission, the words pilots, jets, bombs and missiles may come to mind,…

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Health & Safety

First-time motorcycle experience long time coming

Posted  March 28, 2014

I was in my sophomore year of high school and was about to cross the street to the school’s main courtyard when I heard a loud low vroom. I looked over and there it was – a blue Yamaha R6. It was as if everything went into slow motion and what I noticed, just as…

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‘Burn the boats’

Posted  March 28, 2014

Though I have read a little about history and a little more about business and leadership, the first time I heard the expression, “Burn the boats,” was just a few weeks ago. It prompted me to look into this theory a little further. The phrase is most attributed to Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez when he…

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Mentorship builds better Airmen at all levels

Posted  March 28, 2014

Mentorship is an important topic that comes with many views and questions, such as, “Why is mentorship important?” “Why do we need mentorship?” and “What are the causes and effects of mentorship?” Here are my personal views on why mentorship is important. First, I would like to specify that every person in the Air Force…

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Single Airman Program builds resiliency

Posted  March 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Brando Sompie, 56th Force Support Squadron, freefalls from 13,000 feet with a skydiving instructor during a tandem skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The Airmen freefell for nearly a minute, reaching speeds of approximately 120 mph, or 200 feet per second, before opening the parachutes. The event was hosted…

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News Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler, 310th Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner in a ceremony at 8:31 a.m. April 18 in Hangar 913. LOSC social The Luke Officers Spouses Club is featuring the annual bingo social at 11 a.m. April 15 at Club Five Six. The cost of…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 28, 2014

Staff Sgt. Andrew Hannah Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical Aircraft Maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in aviation maintenance and technical military science instructor Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My wife who earned a bachelor’s degree…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  March 28, 2014

Maintenance professionals of 2013 The following individuals received 2013 Maintenance Professional of the Year awards: Crew chief: Staff Sgt. Paul Heiss, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Support professionals Airman: Senior Airman Charles Cerdena, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Danny Smith, 56th Maintenance Group Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Paul Siracusa, 56th EMS Civilian: Rickey Radford,…

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PT challenge: EOD style

Posted  March 28, 2014

JASON COLBERT Capt. Edmund Spivak and Staff Sgt. Joe Hernandez, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal members, pull an up-armored Humvee, one of the featured events May 2 in the Warrior PT Challenge. In the movie “The Hurt Locker,” actor Jeremy Renner gave the audience a fanciful rendition of what it was to be…

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Air Force News – March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Hawaii Air Force flight attendants from the 65th Airlift Squadron teamed with their Army counterparts March 19 to serve up a Joint Service Flight Culinary Training Meal so delicious it received a standing ovation. The 65th AS Airmen joined Soldiers from the U.S. Army Priority Air Detachment in the kitchen to create a seven-course gourmet…

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