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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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EOD takes to mountains for training

Posted  July 19, 2013

Few tasks require as much attention to detail as disarming an explosive device, and in the mountains of Arizona, searing heat and rugged terrain add complexity to an already difficult task.

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Fly Over: ‘End of Watch’, and ‘Pacific Rim’

Posted  July 19, 2013

‘Pacific Rim’ Let me start by making this very clear: anyone who does not care about watching giant, computer-generated robots punching giant, computer-generated monsters should lower my rating down a point or two. That is what Guillermo Del Toro set out to do with “Pacific Rim,” and this movie has it. Other aspects of filmmaking…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 19, 2013

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” ~Abraham Lincoln There is much truth in the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Success is in large part about trial and error. Henry Ford said about failure, “It is an opportunity to begin…

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Load crews flex muscles in contest

Posted  July 19, 2013

A load crew competition took place July 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The objective of the competition was to finish with the fastest time with no safety violations.

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Street Beat – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations July 4 through 11. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg 400. There were no injuries. Emergency responses July 8: Security forces responded to a…

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People First – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 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. Financial managers…

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Air Force News – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Cash allocation reinstates critical training, tests operations to Combat Air Force Combat Air Force units from multiple commands began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents $208 million of the $1.8 billion reprogramming allocation authorized by Congress. The money reinstates critical training…

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This week in history July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Courtesy Photo Aircraft from the 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons, of the 56th Fighter Group, land in 1948 in Germany after the first transoceanic jet fighter deployment in history. Operation Fox Able One Sixty-five years ago this week, Lt. Col. David Schilling, 56th Fighter Group commander, led 16 of the group’s Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star…

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CPTS changes command

Posted  July 19, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Scottie McCord Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Scott Smith, incoming 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

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308th AMU earns award 3 months straight

Posted  July 19, 2013

The 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s Emerald Knights recently earned the AMU of the Month award, proving for a third time in a row their dedication to excellence. The 308th AMU is part of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, which serves Luke Air Force Base through F-16 repairs and provisions. “The 308th AMU leadership team will…

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