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JAMES HENSLEY Air Force

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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Events

Upcoming Events – December 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Dec. 1-3 – Workshop: Expansive Skies, An Astronomy Weekend, Abiquiu, N.M. http://ghostranch.org/expansive-skies-an-astronomy-weekend/ Dec. 1-6 – 10th Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Applications, Montevideo, Uruguay www.fing.edu.uy/if/lasnpa/index.php Dec. 1-6 – Seventh TRR33 Winter School, Passo del Tonale, Italy http://darkuniverse.uni-hd.de/view/Main/WinterSchool13 Dec. 2-3 – WISH Science Workshop: Exploring Into Darkness, Tokyo, Japan www.wishmission.org/sciws2013/Welcome.html Dec. 2-4 – International…

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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
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425th reaches flying hour milestone

Posted  November 22, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Members of the 425th Fighter Squadron pose for a group photo Nov. 13 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. The 425th FS celebrated reaching a milestone of 50,000 flying hours. The 425th Fighter Squadron celebrated reaching a milestone of 50,000 flying hours at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 13….

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Small business: Why is it important?

Posted  November 22, 2013

Luke Air Force Base is a strong advocate for small businesses. Small businesses are the building blocks that make our country great. Small businesses are not only important to the Air Force, they are important to our nation. Statistics show small businesses are the job creators and innovators, contributing significantly to our nation’s gross national…

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Use ‘street smarts’ to avoid trouble

Posted  November 22, 2013

I believe there are two kinds of smart – “street smart” and “book smart.” We need both to navigate successfully through life. It seems as if people tend to have more of one than the other. A lucky few have a good amount of both. If I had to choose between two, I’d choose to…

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Putting up walls …

Posted  November 22, 2013

Workers raise an exterior wall of new construction Nov. 14 that will support the F-35 mission at Luke Air Force Base. The training site for the new F-35 Lightning II is scheduled to be completed by June 2014. The $54 million academic training center will be used to train both pilots and maintainers and will…

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GRACE LEE
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Health & Safety

Thanksgiving safety tips for adults, children, pets

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Bobby Adair, retired Air Force veteran, looks at turkey fryers Nov. 15 at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. Turkey fryers can be dangerous if not placed in the correct area and used as directed. It is recommended to place turkey fryers at least six feet away from a structure or under…

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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

Airmen Cookie Drive Volunteers are needed to sort and package cookies donated for the Airmen cookie drive 7 to 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at Club Five Six. For more information or to sign up, email lukecookies@yahoo.com. Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 which will include military and local,…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior Airman Felicia Kenney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knowledge operations manager Hometown: Millbrook, Ala. Years in service: Three Family: Parents Tra-c and David Kenney, and three younger sisters Education: Attended Tuskegee University and University of Maryland University College. Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My supervisor pushes me to be the best Airman I…

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62nd FS shines at Haboob Havoc

Posted  November 22, 2013

Jasmine Holahan FROM LEFT: Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd Fighter Squadron B-Flight commander; Lt. Col. Frank Bricel, 69th FS assistant director of operations; Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander; Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd FS commander; and Maj. Sean Holahan, 69th FS instructor pilot, pose with the trophy for the overall winning team of the…

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NESTOR CRUZ
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Staying fit through holidays calls for good choices

Posted  November 22, 2013

Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Airman Thomas Cooper, 372nd Training Squadron student crew chief, tries to decide between pumpkin pie and getting a good workout Nov. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Indiscriminate binge eating and lack of physical activity make up the perfect recipe for adding on holiday pounds. Tis the season for family get-togethers, office…

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