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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….

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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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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Finance office closed The finance customer service office is closed Nov. 5 and 8 for department functions. For more information, call…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Victoria Edge 56th Maintenance Group Knowledge operations manager Hometown: DeLand, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mikel, husband Inspirations: My grandfather and Dan Troxell, both very hard working, honest men Goals: Be the best person I can be and at what I do Famous last words: “There is always something for which…

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56th MDG Airmen honored at gala

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy photos FROM LEFT: Marian Budnik, Col. Carol Andrews and Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group nurses, were among the finalists last month at the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Caring Spirit, paid tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who have delivered the highest…

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  October 25, 2013

The following individuals are best-of-the-best: Load crew Staff Sgt. Matthew Popp, Senior Airmen Ken Yoshimoto and Airman 1st Class Meiling Keiki, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Dalton McNealy, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooper, 56th AMXS Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Grissom, 56th EMS Maintenance support professional Airman:…

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From Airmen to restaurateurs

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Preston and Donovan Walden, Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill co-owners, stand in front of the restaurant Oct. 11 at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. The brothers are prior active-duty Airmen. They offer military personnel a 15 percent discount on food and beverages. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Donovan…

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Costumes make this a true: Fun Run

Posted  October 25, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts participated in the Ghostly Ghoul 5k Fun Run Oct. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen were encouraged to don their Halloween best during the run. Prizes were given for both the fastest runners and the best costumes. The Turkey Trot 5k fun run is Nov. 22. Photos by Senior…

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Air Force News – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

EPME course return policy explained The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer…

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People First – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 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. AF implements…

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This week in history

Posted  October 25, 2013

The 56th Range Management Office stood up at Luke Air Force Base as a wing staff agency 20 years ago this week.

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Preventing domestic violence up to all

Posted  October 25, 2013

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the first “Day of Unity” to promote the connection of battered women with advocates across the country working toward ending violence against women and children. It was from this event that the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved in October 1987. This month we observe Domestic…

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