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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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Street Beat – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations March 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 11: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident on the flightline. No aircraft were affected. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses March 8: Security forces responded…

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People First – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

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. Plan early…

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Air Force News – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Edwards Airmen begin F-35 operational testing EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The F-35 Lightning II program entered a new phase of testing with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft March 6. Team members from the 53rd Wing’s 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, a tenant unit at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,…

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IDS helps Airmen through tough issues

Posted  March 22, 2013

There’s a network of agencies working to help Luke Airmen with issues ranging from predeployment jitters to balancing a checkbook. They are not shrouded in mystery, but the Integrated Delivery System, a group of agencies working in concert, is not quite a household term. “IDS is a collaboration of helping agencies coming together and asking,…

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Protect first line of defense

Posted  March 22, 2013

The body’s immune system is the first line of defense against harmful bacteria, viruses and infections. Some well-known methods of keeping the immune system strong include maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and getting plenty of sleep. Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group registered nurse, said there are also plenty of ways the immune system can…

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Abuse, disposal of prescription drugs big problems

Posted  March 22, 2013

Abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and unfortunately, this trend is reflected in the military including the Air Force. To combat this problem, the Defense Department has expanded drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs. This increased testing has been underway since May 1,…

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Airmen share community spirit with students

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Staff Sgt. Michael Banks, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting officer, assists kindergartners with donning deployment gear March 8 at Littleton Elementary School in Avondale. Banks was one of many volunteers to visit the children during the school’s community day. Airmen from Luke Air Force Base participated March 8 in the Littleton…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Brendon Garwood 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Intermediate Station Team Member Hometown: Dupo, Ill. Years in service: One Goals: To finish my career development courses, capture below-the-zone and test for staff sergeant as soon after as possible; ultimately to become a chief Greatest feat: Graduating basic training and tech school Self-description: I’m…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Annual Auction Night dinner is April 11. Social hour is 5 p.m., dinner is 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at Club Five Six. All funds raised in the silent auction, live auction and raffle go to the scholarship fund…

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AFAF reaches for 2013 goal

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off Monday at Luke Air Force Base and continues through May 3. The Air Force-wide campaign raises funds to benefit Airmen and their families, including active-duty members, retirees, reservists, guardsmen and surviving spouses. Last year, Luke members contributed $90,000 exceeding the goal by $20,000. This year’s goal is $68,513, but…

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