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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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People First – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Nation pours…

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310th FS raises funds for leukemia awareness

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raised money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society May 20 at the Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament in Chandler.

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Safety saves lives for Luke motorcyclists

Posted  June 7, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Exchange knows that safety is no accident. That’s why they are committed to providing a wide selection of personal protective equipment, which could make the difference between life and death for military motorcyclists. According to Army and Air Force safety centers, 65 Soldiers and Airmen lost their lives in motorcycle…

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Fit Warrior of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks 56th Medical Operations Squadron Medical technician 1. How do you stay fit? I stay active and am aware of what I eat by planning meals. I mostly drink water to avoid sugars and calories and have a balanced diet. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I love food!…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Staff Sgt. Aaron Anstrom 56th Force Support Squadron Readiness and Mortuary Affairs NCO Hometown: Bradley, Ill. Years in service: Four Family: Father, Mike; mother, Madonna; sister, Kelsie; and brother Luke Education: Community College of the Air Force in restaurant, hotel and fitness management Inspirations: My father has always pushed me to do my best; he…

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In Brief – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

56th CS change-of-command Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski will relinquish command of the 56th Communications Squadron to Maj. Raymond Chester in a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. June 14 at Club Five Six. 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…

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Luke Airmen join Arizona StandDown, helps homeless vets

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of Luke Air Force Base joined to help homeless veterans in the state during the 12th annual Arizona StandDown.

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Redemption + renewal = stronger you

Posted  June 7, 2013

According to dictionary.com, redemption is the act of redeeming or atoning for a fault, mistake or the state of being redeemed. After bouncing back from any situation, the road to redemption begins. This is an opportunity to learn from a mistake or mistakes and to make you a stronger person. However, that it is easier…

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What do you radiate?

Posted  June 7, 2013

Col. Daniel Smith I am a believer in the power of positive influence. I buy into such phrases as “your attitude determines your altitude.” I have been the benefactor of being led by those who radiate positive vibes. Not in a heads in the clouds Pollyanna kind of way, but a glass half full ……

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Thunderbolts lead by lightning

Posted  June 7, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen gathered May 29 and 30 to attend a seminar hosted by the Lightning Leadership committee. The kickoff to the Lighting Leadership initiative included two sessions daily, one for Airmen and one for NCOs. Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, handpicked leaders from across base to be…

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