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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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Luke Airman serves as “pest control” to keep down range mission moving

Posted  November 15, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA — Insects, rodents and wildlife at a deployed location can negatively impact the mission, but thanks to the hard work of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pest management shop, these issues are effectively controlled. “We are the pest control for the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Lorie Simpson, 379th ECES pest management…

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This week in history

Posted  November 15, 2013

1918: The war to end all wars Courtesy photo The Armistice, the peace treaty that ended The Great War, was signed in a railroad car outside Versailles, France, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918. The armistice to end World War I went into effect 95 years ago this week at the 11th hour of the…

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Air Force News – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

President Obama, VA secretary pledge support for Veterans President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, calling the holiday a reminder of the nation’s “sacred obligation” to those who have “fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security” throughout America’s history. The United States must never forget those who…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military Leave and Earning Statements LES are available on the DFAS myPay website https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx. Airmen are highly encouraged to review their LES every month to ensure pay and entitlements are correct. Civilian pay period This civilian pay period will close Saturday with a scheduled pay date of Nov. 22. Employees and timekeepers are highly encouraged…

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Carnival of Illusion: An intimate evening with vaudeville

Posted  November 15, 2013

Say the words “magic show” and they conjure up images of children’s parties, rabbits residing in top hats and Vegas performers in sequined outfits.

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Family, priority in native culture

Posted  November 15, 2013

In the military, a last name is a hard thing to get away from. We are trained to refer to people by their rank and last name. In many instances, a last name can offer a glimpse into the heritage of a person, whether it is a common German, Irish or other name. One Airman’s…

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Two thumbs up for red box movie rental kiosk at Luke Exchange

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military families can turn the lights down, the volume up, grab a bag of popcorn and prepare for movie night as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Red Box roll out a new way to rent the hottest movies and video games on military installations. The new offering provides military shoppers with an…

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Street Beat – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 3 through Nov. 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a minor traffic accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle located at Bldg. 586. One individual was pulling…

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T-bolts compete in ‘friendly’ games

Posted  November 15, 2013

Thunderbolts gathered Nov. 8 at venues across Luke Air Force Base to enjoy a day of fun, teamwork and camaraderie during the annual sports day and base picnic.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 15, 2013

John Killinger, a congressman in the mid 1800s, tells about the manager of a minor league baseball team who was so disgusted with his center fielder’s performance that he ordered him to the dugout and assumed the position himself. The first ball that came into center field took a bad hop and hit the manager…

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