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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 17 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 20: Security forces received a report of a civil arrest for DUI on Bell Road and West Point Parkway in Surprise. Surprise police responded after receiving a…

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Sports Shorts – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron team huddles Feb. 19 before the start of the second half of the 2014 intramural football season championship game at Luke Air Force Base. They beat the 56th Communications Squadron 19-18 in intramural play. 56th SFS wins 2014 intramural football championship Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter…

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Thunderbirds, F-35 to headline Luke open house

Posted  February 21, 2014

Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer The public is invited to the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. The air show will include the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Wings of Blue parachute team, the Marines MV-22 Osprey,…

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Water tower welcomes all to Fighter Country

Posted  February 21, 2014

Driving down Litchfield Road in front of Luke Air Force Base, one can’t help but see three things: F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge and the “Fighter Country” water tower. One of these things has been part of the base’s history longer than the others combined. The water tower, managed by the…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 21, 2014

With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn to deploy. Occasionally when…

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Leaders push others to discover strengths

Posted  February 21, 2014

Picture, for a moment, being in the midst of a challenge. How will you deal with that challenge? Will you shy away? Will you hide in the shadows of another’s motivation and know-how? Or, will you move into the forefront and say I’m ready to lead? Leadership is not something found in a book, Air…

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Spending below income results in fiscal freedom

Posted  February 21, 2014

Many Americans may have been told the importance of saving money whether by parents, mentors or friends but how many actually have an ample amount in savings to last them through an emergency situation? According to survey results released by Bankrate more than 75 percent of Americans don’t have enough money saved to cover their…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Connecting families “Daddy Read a Book” connects deployed parents with children at home by providing a free video of the deployed parent reading a favorite book. Reading sessions are conducted 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Monday of the month. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon at 623-856-6211. Finance office hours The…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior Airman Teresa Anaya-Hernandez 56th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller Hometown: Carson City, Nev. Years in service: Three Family: Father, Everardo Anaya; mother, Teresa Anaya; sister, Kassandra Anaya Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My parents push me to move forward and work hard to better myself Goals: Continue…

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Luke Airman saves lives after accident

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior AirmanJason Colbert Staff Sgt. Randy Williamson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental craftsman, checks a battery connection Tuesday during routine maintenance at the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Williamson will be awarded the Noncommissioned Officers Association Vanguard Award during the association’s national convention in July in Las Vegas. The award comes after…

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