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F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Holahan, and Maj. Eric Puels, former F-16 Fighting Falcon instructors, Capt. Michael Hobson and Capt. Kyle Babbitt, former…

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Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and engage surface-to-air missile sites. Luke Air Force Base hosted the 81st Fighter Squadron Wild…

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LRS Airmen undertake unusual engine repair

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kyle Saunders, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, works on a destroyed valve inside the engine of a 2006 Ford Bobtail at Luke Air Force Base. The type of maintenance on this vehicle is considered unique because the cab was lifted off the frame to access the parts requiring repair….

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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Christine Mau, the 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter May 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

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May: Asthma Awareness Month – Controlling symptoms important to quality of life

World Asthma Day was May 5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that Asthma is one of the most common lifelong diseases.


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Aircraft metals technology makes sparks fly

Posted  May 9, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Lucas, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight aircraft metals technology NCO in-charge, inspects landing gear components April 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology technicians inspect and service F-16 Fighting Falcon landing gear components every 72 months. The diameter of a human eyelash is .05 millimeters….

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental wellness central to health, well-being

Posted  May 9, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 2014 theme is “Mind Your Health.” It was 65 years ago that Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. The goal this year is to communicate to all Americans that mental…

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Air Force News – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Sam Lee Cadet 1st Class Stefan Morell tests the distributed propulsion engine in the aeronautics laboratory. The engine won first place in the Defense Advanced Research Project’s innovation competition for the service academies. Academy beats Army, Navy as most innovative U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – An Air Force Academy team bested the two other…

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People First – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 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. SecAF talks…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 9, 2014

Beginning June 1, deployed Airmen will see the discontinuation of imminent danger pay in the following locations: • Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro • East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan and United Arab Emirates • Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan • The Persian Gulf and air space above In addition, personnel will no…

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Airmen get creative in arts, crafts, wood shops

Posted  May 9, 2014

Airmen spend more time away from their families than many civilians. Service members work for long periods of time while under constant stress and pressure. Although they are trained warriors, a little rest and relaxation is necessary.

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‘Days of Remembrance’ provides moving experience

Posted  May 9, 2014

This year's Holocaust remembrance

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EOD sets pace for explosive challenge

Posted  May 9, 2014

The U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians have a physically demanding job. On May 2, people from around Arizona got a taste, first hand, of just how demanding it really is by participating in the EOD Warrior Fitness Challenge at Luke Air Force Base.

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ADOT to launch new driver license process, design

Posted  May 9, 2014

Beginning June 16, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is expanding central credential issuance to all offices statewide, meaning that customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division office to obtain a new driver license or identification card will leave with a temporary credential. The permanent license or identification card will be mailed to the…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  May 9, 2014

Courtesy photo Stevie Wonder “Mama was my greatest teacher: a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness.” ~ Stevie Wonder Friendly reminder … Mother’s Day is in two days. What are the greatest lessons in life your mother taught you? What are those life-defining moments when you realize what mom was telling you all along was…

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