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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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Air Force News – April 10, 2015

Posted  April 10, 2015

Alaska Rapid Raptor program training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson exercised capabilities to quickly deploy a package of combat-ready F-22 Raptors and C-17 Globemaster IIIs loaded with supporting personnel and equipment to any forward operating base in the world. Arctic Region Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot…

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People First – April 10, 2015

Posted  April 10, 2015

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, click on the link in the title. SNCOs review records to ensure completion on file…

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Spring fest hit with young, old

Posted  April 10, 2015

With the smell freshly cut grass gives off, plenty of sunshine, exciting treasure hunts, smiles, laughter and a big fluffy bunny — Easter had arrived yet again.

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Thunderbolts assist boys of summer

Posted  April 10, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers requested Airmen from Luke Air Force Base to work the outfield during their spring training for 13 days starting March 6 at the Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 10, 2015

Courtesy photo “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” ~ Billy Graham This is true on so many levels. From our day-to-day activities and interactions with others, to our deepest and most abiding relationships with those we love the most, we have a need for forgiveness and…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 10, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 30 through April 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Nonemergency responses March 31: Security forces responded to a report of a nonmilitary-affiliated civilian driving drunk at South Gate. Security forces witnessed the individual drive erratically into the…

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Fly Over: Sala Thai and ‘Home′

Posted  April 10, 2015

Sala Thai Where does one go in the West Valley when the craving for exotic Asian food strikes, but Chinese super buffets won’t cut it anymore? Since my wife and I moved to Phoenix two years ago, I noticed more and more people are turning to Thai restaurants to get their Asian food fix and…

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ALS looks over OSS’s shoulder

Posted  April 10, 2015

Paul Bays, 56th OSS terminal instrument procedures specialist, talks to students from the ALS about how TERPS come into play when guiding an aircraft to a safe landing.   Senior Airman Thomas Mabry, 56th OSS Air Traffic Control, demonstrates to ALS students how ATC guides planes at the radar approach control. The students listened in…

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This week in history

Posted  April 10, 2015

Too little, too late: The Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter Courtesy photo Seventy years ago this week, the German Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe, or Swallow in English, had great success against allied bombers. On April 10, 1945, near Berlin, Germany, approximately 60 Me-262s attacked American bomber formations and shot down 10 bombers. That was the biggest loss of…

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Sports Shorts – April 10, 2014

Posted  April 10, 2015

Fit Airmen make ready deployers Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr. First Lt. Tanner Lee, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs pull-ups Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. The Bryant Fitness Center is offering Tactical Fitness Classes geared toward building well-rounded Airman athletes by using high intensity exercises. Comprehensive Airman Fitness consists of…

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