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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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Air Force

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….

Senior Airman James Hensley Health & Safety

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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CCRI reaps ‘excellents’

Posted  April 25, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Senior Airman Shane Armour, 56th Communications Squadron networks operation technician, checks the file-share hard drives April 16 at Luke Air Force Base to ensure the drives were running properly to maintain the wing’s documents and files. As technology continues to grow, the digital world of zeros and ones has now become…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Gerald Brown will relinquish command of the 69th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson at 9 a.m. May 2 in Hangar 999. EFMP-M clinic new hours The Exceptional Family Member Program Medical clinic new hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in hours are 8:30 to…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 25, 2014

Airman 1st Class Aja’ Simpson 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Scheduler Hometown: Douglasville, Ga. Years in service: one Family: Father, David Simpson; mom, Tracey Simpson; and brothers, Terrell and Michael Simpson Inspirations: My parents Goals: To go to Japan, get 90 percent or higher on my physical training test and someday have a family Greatest feat:…

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944th FW produces top Airmen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Louis Vega jr. Senior Airman Perla Tapia-Cordero, 69th Fighter Squadron personnel journeyman, won the 10th Air Force Airman of the Year Award. The 944th Fighter Wing produced yet another 10th Air Force stand out. Senior Airman Perla Tapia-Cordero, 69th Fighter Squadron personnel journeyman, was recently notified she had won the 10th AF Airman of the…

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The eyes have it …

Posted  April 25, 2014

Senior Airman Lloydon Balili, Airman 1st Class James Hensley 56th Aerospace Medical Squadron ophthalmic technician, administers drops to dilate the eyes of Airman 1st Class Alex Jensen, 56th AMDS ophthalmic technician, at Luke Air Force Base. Optometry technicians specialize in health care and treatment of the eyes. They also fit Airmen for glasses and contacts.

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Beat the heat, check back seat

Posted  April 25, 2014

With the summer heat at our door step, it’s important to ensure children and pets are well taken care of. Leaving them in the car can cause serious illness and even death. Parents and pet owners must be aware that even in cooler temperatures the car can heat up quickly, which can create a dangerous…

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Toastmasters hone speaking skills

Posted  April 25, 2014

How would you like to learn to think quickly on your feet and speak in public with confidence and authority? You may say to yourself, “There is no way I could ever be a public speaker.” There is a group at Luke Air Force Base, where one of the goals is to teach people to…

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March honors fallen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, guest speaker, spoke April 20 during the kick-off of the March of the Fallen. Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded in 2007 while deployed to Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated in front of him. Airmen and local community members came together April 20…

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People First – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 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. Culture change…

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Airman wears two uniforms

Posted  April 25, 2014

Being in the Air Force Reserve gives Airmen the opportunity to serve their country while following their dreams to become just about anything in life. For some, the dream might be to be an actor or a musician, but for one 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Flight Airman, who is deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, his dream was to become a police officer.

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