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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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Hundreds attend Back-to-School Bash

Posted  August 9, 2013

It’s that time of the year when parents and children start preparing for the upcoming school year. The Luke Chapel and Luke Airman Fund sponsored a Back to School Bash Aug. 2 at Fowler Park to help give back to those who support the Airmen.

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Street Beat – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 26 through Aug. 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 33 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 26: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the waste water treatment plant. There were no injuries. July 26: Security forces…

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Fly Over: ‘The Fall of Reach’, and ‘Planes’

Posted  August 9, 2013

‘The Fall of Reach’ Prologue to groundbreaking video game I’m sure I may be a little behind the curve by recently starting the book series “Halo,” considering the first novel was released in October 2001, but in my search for a new series to read, a friend recommended it to me. He didn’t steer me…

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This week in history August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy photo Officiating the activation ceremony was then Col. Gilmary Hostage III, 56th Operations Group commander and currently the Air Combat Command commander. Accepting the guidon was the new 21st Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell. Now retired, Mitchell runs the Community Initiatives Team at Luke.   Aug. 8, 1996: 21st FS activates…

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General Welsh shares message with Airmen

Posted  August 9, 2013

I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success. My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave…

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Luke teams play in softball tournament

Posted  August 9, 2013

Three teams from Luke Air Force Base took to the fields to compete in the Goodyear Guns vs. Hoses softball tournament Saturday

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Sports Shorts – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

UFC fight night UFC fight night is Aug 31 at Club Five Six. Doors open at 5 p.m., preliminary bouts are 7 p.m. and the main event is 9 p.m. Free admission to club members and $5 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-6446. Start Smart Tennis Start Smart Tennis is a tennis program for…

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First F-35 bound for Luke AFB

Posted  August 2, 2013

John Wilson The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base, sits on the assembly line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. It is expected to arrive at Luke Air Force Base early next year. AF-41 is one of 126 F-35s in various stages of production worldwide….

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Take time to recharge

Posted  August 2, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing is full of amazing Airmen who do amazing things day after day. We work hard, we work long hours and we continuously strive for perfection as we accomplish the mission. We do so despite constant reductions in manning, money and available time. Our output is high and constant. But I ask…

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CCAF important for career progression

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Air Force is all about improving its personnel. We’re always learning on the job. There are Airmen at Luke right now who are working to achieve their 3 level. We have the career development courses to become even further tasked, eventually leading to the mystical 0 rating held by chiefs. But learning doesn’t stop…

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