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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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Stardusters birth Thunderbirds …

Posted  January 17, 2014

The F-84F Thunderstreak is one of the aircraft that sits in the Luke Air Base Air Park. F-84s were the main type of trainers at Luke from 1951 to 1957. In 1953, the newly formed U.S. Air Force Stardusters Aerial Demonstration Team, later called the Thunderbirds, converted to the F-84G and flew at Luke until…

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Luke pilot selected to fly F-35

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Joshua Arki, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and chief of weapons and tactics, is welcomed back Dec. 31, 2013, after his final flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Arki was selected as the first Luke F-16 pilot to transition to the F-35 Lightning…

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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted  January 17, 2014

It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain and not promising. But…

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Airmen held to higher standard

Posted  January 17, 2014

No matter where you go or what you do you will see standards set for your performance. These standards vary from place to place or job to job. As you may already know, military personnel are held to a higher standard than those outside the military. The Air Force standards range from something as simple…

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Communications Airmen key to mission success

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Anthony Navarra, 56th Communications Squadron network infrastructure technician, connects an optic light to an optical fiber cable Jan. 8 at the Network Operations Center on Luke Air Force Base. The infrastructure section maintains and manages the various lines of communication for Luke, making it possible to correspond via…

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News Briefs January 17, 2013

Posted  January 17, 2014

56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Aaron Munoz-Case 56th Medical Support Squadron Arizona Refill Center pharmacy supervisor Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a degree in nutrition and working toward a Community College of the Air Force degree in pharmacy technology at Estrella Mountain Community College Inspirations: My father is the hardest working man I know,…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  January 17, 2014

MXG recognizes best-of-best Annual The following individuals received 56th Maintenance Group annual awards: Airman: Senior Airman Joseph White, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit NCO: Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 309th AMU Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Heather Parker, 56th Maintenance Group Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Christie Taylor, 310th AMU Civilian: Michael Dodge, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron First…

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The future of Air Force Blue …

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force Junior ROTC students from Gilbert High School walk toward the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit building Jan. 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students toured the base to learn about what life is like in the active-duty Air Force as well as about the process of becoming a fighter…

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This week in history

Posted  January 17, 2014

Jan. 15, 1994: Eastern Bloc countries grant overflight rights Courtesy photo An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Spangdahlem Air Base flies over Germany. Twenty years ago, three former communist countries authorized overflight rights to a U.S. Air Force unit. That unit flew F-16 Fighting Falcons and was stationed in Germany. Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria authorized the…

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