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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….

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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People First – April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 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. AF updates…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 11, 2014

Retirees, did you know that the Defense Financial and Accounting Service is the primary payroll office for military retired pay and annuity accounts? The 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Customer Service section can assist in the transition from active-duty to retired status and make determinations for some entitlement programs. However, once retired, DFAS becomes the primary…

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SAAM to raise awareness, respect, change culture

Posted  April 11, 2014

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response mission is to ensure that all victims of sexual assault receive the care and support they require and to use education and intervention as a primary means of achieving an environment free of sexual assault. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the 56th Fighter Wing…

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“Walk a Mile in Their Shoes”

Posted  April 11, 2014

Take a stand against sexual assault by signing up for the “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” competition at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office in Bldg. 1150. Decorate a cut-out tennis shoe, track your steps with a SAPRO pedometer, and report weekly totals to the SAPRO office. Total steps will be posted on…

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56th MDG keeps force healthy

Posted  April 11, 2014

Airman 1st Class Brandi Sullivan, 56th Medical Support Squadron diagnostic imaging technician, positions Senior Airman Eric Gist, 56th MDSS diagnostic imaging tech, for an X-ray checking for a sprain in his left shoulder at Luke Air Force Base.   Staff Sgts. Maddie Baker and Breeann Frost, 56th Dental Squadron dental laboratory technicians, make adjustments on…

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Justice Report

Posted  April 11, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for March: 56th Mission Support Group Articles 15 • A technical sergeant received an Article 15 for driving while drunk. The member received a reduction in rank to staff sergeant, suspended forfeiture of $1,538 pay per month for two months and…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 11, 2014

Courtesy photo Cicero “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Cicero The thirst for knowledge was incredible during the days of the Roman Empire. In that day and time, even for the commoner, acquiring books was nearly on par with buying clothing. Today, a lack of knowledge can often lead…

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Fly Over: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Pirate Fairy’

Posted  April 11, 2014

In theaters: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Dear DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studios, Be jealous. Be very jealous. While you are still working on the “Superman vs. Batman” movie, Marvel Studios has done it again and released another box office hit with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The…

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Weapons Fest

Posted  April 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Dennis Scott, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, mans the barbecue grill Saturday during the 2014 Weapons Fest at Fowler Park.   Senior Airman Marissa Colima, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Combat Armament Support team member, participates in a variety of games at the fest. Weapons Fest is an annual event held…

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Sports Shorts – April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 2014

A glass box displays boxing equipment available for use at the Bryant Fitness Center. Members can sign out equipment at the fitness center information desk during normal operating hours. Punch your way to good health Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “A boxing workout is the heaviest thing, but it’s…

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