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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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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael Giles Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Armament Systems instructor Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Tech. Sgt. Marquia Giles; children, Jaylen, 11; Christian, 10; Micah, 4; Arianna, 1 Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in armament maintenance, instructor of technical military science and instructor of certification…

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Luke personal trainer overcomes obstacles

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, second from the left, poses for a photo with his track teammates in May 1979 in California. This photo was taken 11 months after Johnson recovered from a serious car accident. Looking at Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist…

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted  September 6, 2013

There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and…

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This week in history: September 6

Posted  September 6, 2013

September 1989: Northrop military sales training ends Courtesy photo An F-5 sits on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base sometime in the early ‘80s. The Northrop F-5 Foreign Military Sales training program ended after locally producing 1,499 graduates and 200 more using mobile training teams. That training program was somewhat unusual. The program was…

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Air Force News – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Airmen can showcase their talent during upcoming competition If you have talent and want to show it off, Air Force Personnel Center Services officials have announced a new opportunity for you. The Air Force “U Got Talent” program features base-level competitions held around the world in September and October. Competitions are open to all active-duty…

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People First – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 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. Humanitarian assignments…

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FST saves service members’ lives

Posted  September 6, 2013

The phone rings and a medic answers. It’s a service member ready to give a nine-line report. There’s been a rocket attack resulting in several injuries. The medics quickly prepare for the incoming patients.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 6, 2013

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ~ Beverly Sills While visiting Grand Canyon this year I picked up a book recounting numerous ways people have met their fate at the canyon. One of the surest ways is trying to shortcut the canyon’s trails. Grand Canyon is often unforgiving of those who attempt…

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CE challenges ALS to readiness

Posted  September 6, 2013

Students attending the John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School were the first to participate in the ALS unit mentorship program Aug. 27 with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, which took them through a mini course of the jobs CE does.

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Education: more is better

Posted  September 6, 2013

Workers with only high school-level education had an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, while those with a bachelor’s degree had an unemployment rate of just 4.9 percent, according to a 2011 Forbes study.

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