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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….

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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Street Beat

Posted  January 17, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 1 through 10: Nonemergency responses Jan. 3: Security forces responded to a wants and warrants hit for a failure to appear at Lightning Gate. The individual was denied entry due to Lansing Sheriff’s Office in Kansas was unable to extradite. Jan. 3: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

Nicholas Spivey, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, runs for a first down during the first half of an intramural flag football game Jan. 9 at the Luke Air Force Base football field. LRS defeated the 56th Components Maintenance Squadron team 39-0. LRS speeds past CMS, stays undefeated by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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2013: The Year in Photos

Posted  January 10, 2014

Published in January Senior Airman Jason Colbert Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron and 56th Medical Operations Squadron emergency medical technicians tend to a simulated victim Jan. 30 during an exercise designed to test the ability of emergency teams to respond quickly and efficiently to an emergency. Senior Airman Devante Williams Retired Chief Master…

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Looking ahead to 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

As we turn the page on the calendar and start a new year, I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to all the Airmen of Team Luke for your hard work, dedication and sacrifice in 2013.

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PACAF commander celebrates Singapore’s 20 years at Luke

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo A pair of Royal Singapore air force AH-64 Apache helicopters launch from Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field to conduct a Forging Sabre 2013 live-fire mission at the Barry M. Goldwater Range. The commander of Pacific Air Forces visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 11 and 12, observing the Republic of Singapore’s exercise…

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Self awareness — A key to leadership development

Posted  December 20, 2013

As part of our enduring quest to become better Air Force leaders we must always strive to develop ourselves. One way to do this is for each of us to build an accurate assessment of ourselves. Without a keen sense of self-awareness leaders can easily operate in the dark without regard to their subordinates’ attitudes,…

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Control, plan your future

Posted  December 20, 2013

As a first sergeant I’ve learned some valuable lessons from my commanders. One of them is to focus my efforts on the things I can control and to plan ahead taking into consideration the effects of those actions. This is a pretty simple advice to apply. Maximize the amount of effort you exert at work….

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Just looking …

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Steve Gillette, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 commander, explains the capabilities of the F-35B Lighting II joint strike fighter to Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Singapore minister of defense, Dec. 10 at Luke Air Force Base. Ng’s visit also coincided with Forging Sabre, a Singapore armed forces exercise. The jet came…

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Air Force skydiving team in town

Posted  December 20, 2013

Look in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Wings of Blue! The Wings of Blue skydiving demonstration team is scheduled to arrive in the Phoenix area Dec. 27 where they will be visiting various areas to do practice jumps, perform and give back to the community. The primary mission of the…

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News Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Thunderbolt hiatus The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 27 or Jan. 3, 2014. Look for the 2013 Year in Review Special Edition Jan. 10. The first regular edition of the Thunderbolt is Jan. 17, 2014. For more information, call 623-856-5998. AAFES holiday hours Hours for concessionaires and kiosk vendors are 10 a.m. to 3…

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