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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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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 21, 2014

“Military Saves Week is Feb. 24 through March 1. Your financial fitness and personal readiness are critical aspects toward overall health and satisfaction. Learning good financial habits early in life strengthens the ability to capture opportunities in the future, such as financial freedom and security. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans say they have a…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 21, 2014

Courtesy photo Quincy Jones “Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.” ~ Quincy Jones How do you define greatness? Is it your job title, the rank on your collar or sleeve, your achievements, by winning an Olympic medal? In the military, we are…

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Fly Over: ‘The Lady Vanishes’, and the new XBox

Posted  February 21, 2014

On DVD: ‘The Lady Vanishes’ Recently, 100 classic horror/thriller movies fell into my possession (belated Merry Christmas gifts), and among said collection are quite a few created by Sir Alfred Hitchcock, a filmmaker that left a pretty big mark on the history of cinema. So naturally, of these 100 films I’ve watched so far, the…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 21, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 1550. There were no injuries. Feb. 13: Security forces…

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Sports Shorts – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Jonathan Juarez-Chavez, 56th Equipment Squadron cornerback, runs an intercepted catch back up the field Feb. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Despite a fierce defense, EMS lost the game to the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 19-13. CES whomps EMS 19-13 in football action Story and photo by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Since…

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61st AMU gets new digs

Posted  February 14, 2014

Photo bySenior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will be the first at Luke Air Force Base to house the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The first F-35 is scheduled to land soon at Luke. Luke Air Force Base has long been known as fighter country. In addition to the F-16s that…

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T-bolt Lanes celebrate Airmen on final day

Posted  February 14, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Airman Jack Taylor, 56th Mission Support Group knowledge operations manager, bowls for a spare Feb. 7 at Thunderbolt Lanes on Luke Air Force Base. The bowling center had an appreciation day for dedicated customers where bowling and food were free. The Thunderbolt Lanes closed Feb. 7 with a final celebration of…

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Luke has long history of good partnerships

Posted  February 14, 2014

In today’s world, partnerships are more important than ever. They exist at all levels, from strategic to personal, and take on many different faces. The hope of all partnerships is a common goal in which all who are involved benefit through respective strengths that aid in overcoming weaknesses. There are usually many challenges that must…

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Be willing to work hard, improve self

Posted  February 14, 2014

With the New Year under way everyone has begun their so-called New Year’s resolution. It’s the same story every year. People set a goal and take their first steps to achieve it as soon as the clock strikes midnight and the calendar switches over. You see these people in the gym working hard. You talk…

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Lightning Leadership: developing Airmen to lead

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, leads a discussion during Lightning Leadership Feb. 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders through guided discussions. Airmen from across base gathered to learn about leadership…

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