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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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‘Salad Wednesdays’ big savings at Exchange restaurants

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or above on “Salad Wednesdays” purchased at Burger King, Subway, Anthony’s Pizza, Robin Hood or Charley’s. “Guests save an additional 10 percent when paying with a Military Star® card or exchange gift card,” said Pete Alaniz, Luke Air Force…

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Salutes & Awards

SMSgt selects announced

Posted  March 1, 2013

The following master sergeants have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant: Derick Crosdale, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Brett Evanicki, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Christopher Foster, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Plez Glenn III, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Michael Hansell, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group Christopher Lebourveau, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Magen Baker 56th Comptroller Squadron Budget analyst Hometown: Salem, Ill. Years in service: Eight Family: Father, Danny; mom, Lisa; and son, Maddox Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in financial management; Park University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Inspirations: Friends and…

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News Briefs: March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meeting is 5 p.m. for social hour and 6 p.m. for dinner March 11 at Club Five Six. Special guest Ryan Reeves, Lux Air Jet Centers-GYR general manager, will present the history of Goodyear Airport at 7 p.m. Active-duty and retired officers, and…

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Council gives dorm Airmen voice

Posted  March 1, 2013

Whether it’s a clogged sink to talk about or planning an outing, dorm council Airmen meet once a month to voice concerns, brainstorm ideas on ways to improve dorm life and plan activities to boost morale.

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Commentary

Servant leadership applied

Posted  March 1, 2013

Most of us have had a leadership class of some kind as we continue formal education or complete professional military education. In the process we have been exposed to many different leadership theories and the support behind each one. The Air Force does a great job of sifting through those and passing on the best…

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DUI – Decisions under the influence

Posted  March 1, 2013

First, let me start off by saying if you missed the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet, you may have missed the opportunity of your Air Force career to learn from one of our greatest leaders and spokesmen, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, the fifth Airman to serve with that distinction….

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Events

Tres Rios Spring Festival

Posted  March 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Local community members line up to test their boating, kayaking and canoeing skills in the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival Oct. 12, 2012, at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area in Avondale, Ariz. The festival focuses on educating participants about the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers as well as the surrounding…

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New AETC command chief makes first base visit

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Senior Airman Shawn Dyer, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight crew chief, briefs Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command chief, Feb. 22 when the chief visited Luke Air Force Base. On his first base visit as Air Education and Training Command’s newest enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt….

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Sports Shorts – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

607th coasts to finals, defeats 62nd FS 3-1 Photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka   Ryan Vanbuskirk, 62nd Fighter Squadron, takes a shot to the goal after moving past Reginald Rouse, 607th ACS, during the semi-final game. Vanbuskirk’s shot was blocked by the 607th ACS’s goalie, Alexander Balock.   Daniel Wynn, 62nd Fighter Squadron,…

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