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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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Street Beat – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 30 through Oct. 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and one nonmoving violations. Nonemergency responses Sept. 30: Security forces administered a breathalyzer test to an on-duty Airman who was escorted to Bldg. 179. The individual blew a .170 blood alcohol concentration. Sept….

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107th inactivates

Posted  October 11, 2013

Brig. Gen. Edward Maxwell, Arizona Air National Guard commander, holds the 107th Air Control Squadron flag Sept. 30 as Maj. Trey Shewbert, 107th ACS outgoing commander, slides the cover over the top of the flag, signaling the inactivation of the unit at Luke Air Force Base. The 107th ACS provided command and control for thousands…

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Fly Over: ‘Solomon Kane’, and the Anise Café

Posted  October 11, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Solomon Kane’ Ever have that experience where one movie seems to be everywhere and looks fairly interesting, yet the effort and time just aren’t made to sit down and watch it? That happens to me more times than I like, and half the time the movie doesn’t prove to be worth it (You…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 11, 2013

“How you respond to the troubles in your life will go a long way toward whether or not you ever develop courage, ever develop patience, ever develop compassion, ever develop sobriety and humility, or ever develop any of those things. Don’t waste your sorrows.” – Dr. Timothy Keller Life is a gift! It’s also a…

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Attention Thunderbolts: There’s a new focus in town

Posted  October 11, 2013

Luke has initiated a new force – Team Re-Focus. This is not your ordinary professional development group. With our slogan of “Keepin’ it real!” and combined with the back to basics campaign approach, Team Re-Focus is a group of motivated NCOs armed with the drive and knowledge to realign the effectiveness of our NCO core…

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Veterans

Sports clinic helps veterans

Posted  October 11, 2013

Have you ever tried running with one leg or shooting an arrow blind?

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Shoplifting at Luke Exchange can ruin career

Posted  October 11, 2013

A young, up-and-coming Airman stops by the Luke Air Force Base Exchange to pick up weekly necessities. While browsing through the store, the Airman stops to admire the assortment of CDs. With money tight, the Airman decides to slip one into a pocket while no one else is around. What the Airman may not realize…

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People First – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 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. New Defense…

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Air Force News – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

AF leaders urge civilians to protect security clearance As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise — something that could impact one’s security clearance. With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and…

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This week in history

Posted  October 11, 2013

Oct. 1998: Low on parts, no spare engines Fifteen years ago this month, the 56th Component Repair Squadron, later designated the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, hit a milestone. They had no engine holes in any aircraft and had one spare engine for the first time in five years. The question is how did they get…

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