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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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Get doc’s opinion on how to treat low back pain

Posted  February 14, 2014

Low back pain is number one in the top ten diagnoses seen by providers at the 56th Medical Group. There are two classifications of back pain: Acute back pain, which lasts up to 12 weeks in duration, or chronic back pain, which lasts more than 12 weeks. Approximately 98 percent of acute low back pain…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 14, 2014

Courtesy photo Booker T. Washington “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington How much do you really know about the people around you? Do you know of their past?…

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Fly Over: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, and ‘50 First Dates’

Posted  February 14, 2014

On Netflix: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ I’m always looking for new documentaries to watch, especially food and health-related ones. I ran into a documentary named “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” The title itself caught my attention so I decided to watch it. Juicing – many of us may have heard it’s beneficial for detoxifying…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 14, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 3 through 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles located in the parking lot of Cactus Cleaners. A Maricopa…

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Thunderbolts assist Heroes of Silent Angels

Posted  February 14, 2014

When most people think of medieval times, knights, and squires, it doesn’t usually also bring modern medical disorders to mind. But the members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms are striving to do just that.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 14, 2014

We expect the Air Force to direct a 100-percent recertification of basic allowance for housing beginning in March 2014. Every active-duty member receiving basic allowance for housing will be required to recertify his entitlement with the 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service. The recertification must be accomplished in person and Airmen will be required to present…

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Sports Shorts – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Children perform stretches after a series of exercises Monday during the Kids Boot Camp Challenge at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The Boot Camp Challenge is a series of activities conducted over a six-to-eight-week period that encourage physical activity through a variety of enjoyable and competitive exercises. Kids get boot camp challenge Story…

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House of Lightning …

Posted  February 7, 2014

FROM LEFT: Lt. Col. Jason Mitchell, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, 61st Fighter Squadron commander, cut the ribbon Jan. 30 on the new 61st FS operations building and the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit building at Luke Air Force Base. The two buildings…

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AGE spins up with new equipment for F-35

Posted  February 7, 2014

When a group of people is considered to be some of the best in the Air Force at what they do, having new equipment added to their arsenal is a chance to show their skills. The men and women in the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Air Ground Equipment Flight are preparing to roll up their…

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Leadership in changes, challenges — it’s what we do

Posted  February 7, 2014

Changes and challenges have always been a part of military service. It has confronted Airmen from the beginning evolution of flight to today’s operational environment, ranging from near-peer adversaries to unconventional nonstate groups. History can recount Billy Mitchell’s multiple efforts through the 1920s advocating for an increased role of airpower and a separate service, challenging…

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