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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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Health & Safety

Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 12, 2013

Sid Mirghani 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Public Health Flight commander How do you stay fit? I exercise at least five times a week, incorporating strength as well as endurance training. I also limit junk food and don’t use tobacco products. What drives you to keep working out? It’s my stress relief and keeps me healthy….

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One-on-one with Washington

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefs recently elected U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake April 4 on the mission at Luke Air Force Base. The senator was also escorted on a base tour. This was his first base visit since being elected in November.

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Waste water treatment plant one of Luke’s dirtiest jobs

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch Waste water flows out of a treatment pond at the Luke Air Force Base waste water treatment facility. One of the dirtiest jobs at Luke Air Force Base isn’t even on the base itself. The off-base waste water treatment plant is operated by a team of three civilians and five…

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Air Force News – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Sexual assault awareness ‘begins at top’ To combat and put an end to sexual assault in the military, the Defense Department has designed programs to boost victim medical care, increase assault reporting and hold offenders accountable for their crimes, the director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said April 5. Responding to questions…

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Salutes & Awards

FWSAs announce quarterly awards

Posted  April 12, 2013

The following individuals are first quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Grace Lee, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCO: Staff Sgt. Magen Baker, 56th Comptroller Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Pulsipher, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Candice Dillitte, 56th FWPA Civilian (Category I): Beverly Dennie, 56th FW Staff Judge Advocate Civilian…

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Events

Running for Airmen

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Members of Luke Air Force Base begin the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Bryant Fitness Center track. The 3rd Annual Viking Challenge is a 10-hour 10-person running relay event hosted by the Logistics Officers Association to raise money for the LOA Airman’s Education Scholarship fund.

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Vanessa Dickerson 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Slaton, Texas Years in service: Seven Family: Husband, Steven Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree in intelligence studies; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Maryland University College Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Kunsan Air Base,…

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. 21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21…

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Airmen fight hunger through ‘Food for Kidz’

Posted  April 12, 2013

photo by Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Luke Air Force Base volunteers worked Saturday to package meals to send to Afghanistan to feed hungry children. The food is provided by Food for Kidz and the packages are a mixture of rice, soy flour, dehydrated vegetables, vegan protein powder and spices which are sealed in industrial-grade plastic…

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Commentary

AF core values: Our guiding light

Posted  April 12, 2013

When someone mentions the Air Force core values, often I hear the phrase “doing the right thing when no one is around.” But that is only one of our values. There are two others that get lost in the shadow of integrity first. Service before self and excellence in all we do are often forgotten;…

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