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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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Know car-buying basics before hitting lot

Posted  November 15, 2013

There sits the car of your dreams. You feel the desire to buy it and maybe you can, but the question is, “Is this purchase going to be a financially smart decision?”

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People First – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 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. Service chiefs…

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Fly Over: ‘Dimly, Through Glass’, and ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted  November 15, 2013

Available online: ‘Dimly, Through Glass’ New author Dirk Knight, after publishing his first short story, has released his first novel, titled “Dimly, Through Glass.” Though its tone and subject matter may alienate some readers, the characters and story are enough to keep other readers invested. After having to kill a man in self-defense following a…

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Merlion takes flight

Posted  November 15, 2013

  The Republic of Singapore’s F-16 fighter jet takes off Oct. 29 during its first launch since the painting of its tail at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen from the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron painted a mural on the tail of the aircraft to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Singapore air force…

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Luke exchange keeping ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Posted  November 15, 2013

With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday. Customers will not have to wait long to start…

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‘Daddy Read a Book’ program helps military families

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military personnel and their families make sacrifices every day, especially when facing times of separation. A program called Daddy Read a Book helps parents bond with their children while deployed.

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Sports Shorts – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

SFS dominates ACS in championship game Story and photo by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron, prepares to take a swing during the intramural softball championship game Nov. 6 against the 607th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. SFS defeated ACS 26-2. The 56th Security…

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Veterans: Never stop serving

Posted  November 8, 2013

As our nation prepares to celebrate its 94th Armistice or Veterans Day, it is surprising to find out that there is no standardized legal definition of a military veteran. Generally, each time Congress passed a new law authorizing and creating a new veteran benefit, they included eligibility requirements, for example the Post-9/11 G.I. educational benefits….

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PME – Building Air Force future

Posted  November 8, 2013

Leadership is a trait that we all desire and strive to become better at no matter what level we are. Leadership knows no one specific career field or specialty. It is applicable across all aspects of life. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said it best, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you…

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Acting SecAF visits Luke AFB

Posted  November 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Luke Airmen at an all-call Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Fanning discussed issues facing the Air Force, including sequestration and the importance of preventing sexual assault. Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Luke Air Force Base…

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