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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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Air Force

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….

Senior Airman James Hensley Health & Safety

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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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  February 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through Feb. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 30: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident and a possible hit-and-run in the parking lot of Bldg. 545. The driver backed…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Alex Back, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery crew member, successfully dodges a defender. OG skims past EMS 8-6 in flag football Story and photos by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT,  56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Operations Group Wizards squared off against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s flag football team Jan. 28 in a heated…

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Air Force

Stocking the shelves with Lightning

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Adam Lauersdorf, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron inbound receiving technician, unwraps main gear tires Jan. 22 for the F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base. LRS received 52,000 items in preparation for the arrival of the fighter jet, the first of which is slated to land at Luke soon.

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Local

Contracting supports local economy, flying mission

Posted  January 31, 2014

From maintaining the airfield and maintenance equipment to custodial services and hangar upkeep, personnel in the 56th Contracting Squadron at Luke Air Force Base not only handle all the contracts for the base but their work also helps stimulate the local economy. “Most of the contracts we handle are for the base’s construction, demolitions and…

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Commentary

New year, new beginning, new you

Posted  January 31, 2014

Life is full of new beginnings, a new car, new job, a promotion, a permanent change of station and, of course, every Jan. 1 brings a familiar new beginning — the New Year. With each new year comes new opportunities and new resolutions for improvement. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted  January 31, 2014

There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you a complete Airman? What…

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Local

Thunderbolt Lanes to close Feb. 7

Posted  January 31, 2014

Courtesy Photo Bowling options near Luke AFB* AMF Peoria Lanes 8475 W. Olive Ave. in Peoria 623-486-1496 Brunswick Desert Sky Lanes 7241 W. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix 623-846-2090 Brunswick Tri-City Bowl 1425 N. Central Ave. in Avondale 623-932-3388 Glenfair Lanes 6110 N. 59th Ave. in Glendale 623-937-9225 Uptown Alley 13525 N. Litchfield Rd. in…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Professional development op Participants of the Luke Air Force Base Library Reading Rewards program can receive a free copy of USA Today 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library. Select two articles with unfamiliar words and meet in a group or one-on-one with an instructor at…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Seth MacDougall 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource management assistant NCO in charge Hometown: Duluth, Minn. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Jessica; and son, Warren Education: Pursuing a human resource management degree in at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Recruiter in Milwaukee, Wis., and Iron Mountain, Minn.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.;…

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Health & Safety

Safety award winners named

Posted  January 31, 2014

The following individuals are quarterly safety award winners: Wing Flight Maintenance: Staff Sgt. Matthew Jones, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Wing Flight Safety: Maj. Matthew Chisam, 310th Fight Squadron

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