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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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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE Senior Airman Nicholas Liuzzi, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, performs a pushup at the Luke Air Force Base track April 17. Pushups help in strengthening abdominal muscles. Core muscles engage while helping to support the body during a pushup. Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While…

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First sergeant nothing to fear; here to help

Posted  April 26, 2013

This goes out to everyone in the 56th Fighter Wing, “Do not be afraid of your first sergeant.” We are not the people some may portray us to be. I have heard many times during my six years as a shirt that the only people in the shirt’s office are getting in trouble. That is…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 26, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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Base housing not just roof over head

Posted  April 26, 2013

Everyone needs a place to live. Military members have the option of living in the local community or living in base housing. Those who choose to live on Luke Air Force Base become acquainted with Balfour Beatty Communities. Almost 17 years ago Congress established the Military Housing Privatization Initiative as a tool to help the…

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Volunteering for Pat’s run …

Posted  April 26, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. Steven Pleasants, 56th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, and Capt. Tony Short, 56th SFS operations officer, salute during the national anthem Saturday before the 9th Annual Pat’s Run outside the Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event…

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Sports Shorts – May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

CES gets groove on Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the 56th CES begin a 2 ½-mile run across base. The route was from the gym to the CES compound and back.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron performs stretches prior to a physical training session Tuesday in the Luke Air Force…

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‘Zoo’ comes to CDC

Posted  May 3, 2013

Brittney Powers, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium education specialist, displays a blue-tongued skink. Other animals that visited the CDC included the African pygmy hedgehog, ball python, African spurred tortoise and more. The African spurred tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. Adults are usually 36-inches long and can weigh 200 pounds….

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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Fly Over: ‘Breaking Bad’, and ‘Hounded’ The Iron Druid Chronicles

Posted  May 3, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Breaking Bad’ Personally, I’m not the type to watch a television drama series unless it’s Korean drama, but since “Breaking Bad” was on the Netflix “top watched list,” I decided to give it a chance. The show begins with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an over-qualified high school chemistry teacher, working a second job…

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Drive hammered, get nailed – twice for military

Posted  May 3, 2013

Making the choice to drink and drive can negatively affect not only possible victims but also a career, family and future endeavors. For the military member, there is another layer of woes to consider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related crash every 33 minutes. In…

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