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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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ASU cadets go through ‘tough’ paces

Posted  April 25, 2014

Cadets stand at attention while reciting an article from the Military Code of Conduct April 18 at the event. One hundred and eighteen ASU cadets participated.   ASU cadets pull a 6,000-pound high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle at the ATSO area. The cadets were invited to Luke by Company Grade Officer Committee members, who planned…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 25, 2014

Courtesy photo Gen. John Pershing “A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while, on the contrary, an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.” ~ John Pershing 2 Corinthians 3:5 states, “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.”…

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Fly Over: ’47 Ronin’, and ‘Breaking Amish’

Posted  April 25, 2014

On DVD: 47 Ronin Set in feudal Japan, Keanu Reeves stars in the action-adventure epic, “47 Ronin.” After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves) – an enslaved half-breed they once…

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March of the Fallen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Military members and local community members gather April 20 to participate in the 2014 March of the Fallen event at the Raven Golf Course at Verrado in Buckeye.   The community comes together April 20 to show their support for fallen military members during the annual rucksack march.   Airmen represent the 56th Civil Engineer…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 25, 2014

When active-duty members receive their last leave and earnings statement on active duty, the LES will state that their end-of-month paycheck will be withheld. This is normal. Their final paycheck will be calculated manually by a comptroller technician to include (if applicable) leave sellback, separation/severance pay, and unpaid debts along with their regular pay. For…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 25, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 15: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle in the parking lot of Bldg….

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Sports Shorts – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, backs down a defender during the intramural basketball championship game April 14 against 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated FSS 50-41. LRS takes B-ball championship 50-41 Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Last year, the 56th Force Support Squadron…

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Air Force News – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 24, 2014

Hawaii As part of a morale tour sponsored by the American 300 Warrior Support Organization, U.S. Olympian and Sochi Olympics bronze medal winner Alex Deibold toured the 15th Wing and visited with Airmen at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Romania A week-long bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and the Romanian air force concluded at the…

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Weather: Exercise component

Posted  April 18, 2014

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for a hurricane-force winds scenario.

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Plane crash, coma doesn’t deter pilot

Posted  April 18, 2014

Courtesy photo Retired Capt. David Berling, 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, stands in front of his 1977 Cessna RG March 23, 2012, at the Glendale Airport. Berling lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash, the subject of which he has written about in a book. After a 2007 plane crash, nine days in a…

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