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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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Australia plans to buy 12 EA-18G Growler aircraft

Posted  May 24, 2013

Australia said May 3 it would buy 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler advanced electronic warfare technology aircraft because it can’t risk delivery delays in their replacement, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The government announced last year that its air force will equip 12 of Australia’s F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters with Growler radar-jamming equipment…

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Mississippi submits proposal for drone test site

Posted  May 24, 2013

Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration May 6, according to a Mississippi Development Authority. State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well…

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News Briefs May 24, 2013

Posted  May 24, 2013

Unclaimed veterans’ remains laid to rest in California The unclaimed remains of 35 military veterans and two military wives have been given formal military burials in Northern California. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat says the remains, some left unclaimed for decades, were escorted by 120 motorcycles from Santa Rosa to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery…

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F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Force photo by MSgt. John Nimmo An F-35A Lightning II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing recently qualified in aerial refueling for the joint strike fighter. The 33rd FW is…

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AETC furlough numbers announced

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Education and Training Command manpower officials announced furlough will affect 14,434 civilian employees throughout the command beginning July 8. May 14, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a furlough implementation plan, stating civilians will take up to 11 days of unpaid leave before Sept. 30, down from the 22 days that were originally estimated in…

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X-47B launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted  May 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from…

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Sports Shorts – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Lady Thunderbolts fall short in semifinals, 41-40   Janai Nesby, civilian, shoots the ball in the semifinal basketball game against the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base basketball team during the Peach Classic Basketball Tournament May 19 at the Luke AFB Bryant Fitness Center gym. Nesby made the basket, her only 2 points of the game.  …

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Base practices response to bomb attacks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen and civilians conducted a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High-Yield Explosives exercise May 22.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 17 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 37 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lighting Gate. There were no injuries. May 22: Security forces responded to a report…

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In Brief – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. June 10 at Club Five Six. Home-buying seminar The Luke Housing Management Office and Airman and Family Readiness Center is sponsoring a home-buying seminar for military members,…

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