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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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Air Force

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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Tombstone – town too tough to die

Posted  August 16, 2013

Steely-eyed gunslingers, the rumble of galloping hooves and the sweet chill of sarsaparilla on a hot Arizona day may sound like items from a western movie but in Tombstone, these elements are still as alive as they were in the late 1800s.

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Fly Over: ‘Monster Brawl’, and ‘Sharknado’

Posted  August 16, 2013

‘Monster Brawl’ It’s my fault, really. Nobody forced me to go on Netflix, surf through the movie selections and pick this. But what was I supposed to do? It was called “Monster Brawl,” it promised monsters brawling. I had to give in to my passion for stupid and violent movies. “Monster Brawl,” however, is stupid…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 16, 2013

The Air Force accepted its first production model F-16, aircraft 78-0001, Aug. 17, 1978, from the General Dynamics plant, now Lockheed Martin, in Fort Worth, Texas. Up until 1959, U.S. fighter aircraft production starts were fairly constant.

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Sports Shorts – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Jabari Johnson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, avoids defenders during a game Aug. 7 against the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron team at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. CES defeated LRS 55-49.   CES holds off LRS in close matchup — wins 55-49 Photo and story by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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E-5 selects announced

Posted  August 15, 2013

The following senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant: 56th Comptroller Squadron Lakindra Favors and Wade Williams Jr. 56th Operations Support Squadron Ashley Barth, Trevon Brinkley, Mariaisabel Cruz, Corey Ingraham, Anthony Meadows, Theodore Pelfrey, Marcellus Pouncil, Michael Seymour, Alexena Simien, Raul Valdez, Voss Rojelio Jr. and Austin Zacker 56th Training Squadron William…

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AF moves require many hands

Posted  August 9, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the 56th Medical Group carry a decontamination tent to a setup location during a natural disaster exercise Aug. 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise gave Airmen the opportunity to use their life-saving skills in a training environment. During the summer, many military families go through a…

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Serving in AF equals opportunity

Posted  August 9, 2013

While some may view their time in the Air Force as drudgery, I have always viewed the Air Force as an organization that offers unlimited opportunity. I could discuss multiple Air Force benefits such as education, health care or retirement, but instead I will focus solely on opportunity. Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as a favorable juncture…

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Everyone matters

Posted  August 9, 2013

As Airmen, we experience leadership, core values, morale and standards each day, although we don’t always realize it. At times it is good to take a moment to reflect on these values and think about what role we play in the bigger picture. It is important to understand how vital every Airman is in meeting…

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Youth program points teens to success

Posted  August 9, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Keystone Club Teen Council meet July 26 to discuss upcoming events at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The council is a teen character building and citizenship program enabling members to network and resolve issues impacting military teens. Preteens and teens at the Luke Air Force Base Youth…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman Lance Housh 56th Security Forces Squadron Confinement NCO-in-charge Hometown: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Amittys; daughter, Mia Education: Pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado Previous assignments: Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia Inspirations: My father, retired SFS Master Sgt. Peter Housh, for his continuous support…

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