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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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Exchange rewards students with ‘You Made the Grade’ program

Posted  March 28, 2014

Military students can turn good grades into rewards with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade program. From first-graders to high school seniors, pupils who maintain a B average or higher are eligible for the program that recognizes academic excellence. The You Made the Grade program rewards military students with a…

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People First – March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. March: Natl….

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Pulling parts: ‘Gravediggers’ keep maintainers supplied with aircraft parts

Posted  March 28, 2014

Mark Antoniotti is a “gravedigger,” but he doesn’t work at a typical cemetery. Instead of rows of tombstones and mausoleums, his graveyard contains the remains of mechanical beasts and metal relics column after column.

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Luke Experience: the show must go on

Posted  March 28, 2014

The movie theater on Luke Air Force Base has not hosted a movie in more than seven years. But that doesn’t mean the theater has nothing to offer the base. Its hallowed stage is still in use, even if the screen isn’t.

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Top Hats graduate 14 into combat air force

Posted  March 28, 2014

Basic F-16 Course Class 13-FBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat-ready F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. They graduated on March 21 and will continue the legacy of 310th FS-trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war or operation from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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Avionics Airmen: Troubleshooting mission success

Posted  March 28, 2014

Have you ever wondered what’s inside an F-16 that makes everything function and who was responsible for fixing those parts when something went wrong?

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Luke Express offers full-service refueling to drivers with disabilities

Posted  March 28, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Express fuel station is making it easier for motorists with disabilities to fuel up. The recently installed FuelCall wireless alert system allows disabled drivers to contact associates inside the store for assistance without leaving their vehicle. Any motorist with a disability license plate or placard may have their gas pumped…

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Exchange ‘Buddies’ receive exclusive offers

Posted  March 28, 2014

Facebook, Twitter and even your inbox. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier than ever for Luke Air Force Base shoppers to exercise their Exchange benefit via the Internet. The Luke AFB Exchange’s Buddy List enables military shoppers to be among the first to find out about exclusive savings, promotions, events…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Henry Drummond “The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.” ~ Henry Drummond Go back and read that again … it does not say the people you believe in but those who believe in you! Who are those people in your life? Typical answers are parents, husbands and wives,…

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Trip reduction not just silly survey

Posted  March 28, 2014

Luke Air Force Base is conducting the annual trip reduction 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 outcome was a statute that went into effect focusing on employers and schools. The 70…

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