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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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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System completes carrier tests

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Navy concluded another round of carrier testing Nov. 19 to further demonstrate and evaluate the X-47B unmanned air system integration within the aircraft carrier environment.

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New method of testing parachutes developed

Posted  November 27, 2013

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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Northrop’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting war fighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers…

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Key land, sea-based electro-optical systems valued at $13.5 billion projected in next 10 years

Posted  November 27, 2013

An estimated $13.5 billion will be spent through 2022 on the research, development, and production of the representative programs covered in Forecast International’s newly updated analysis, “The Market for Land and Sea-Based Electro-Optical Systems.” Of the major EO systems covered in the report, a total of 296,036 units will be produced over the next 10…

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Nominees sought for AFA civilian award

Posted  November 27, 2013

Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Award. Each year, the AFA recognizes Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories:   • Civilian Wage Employee (all Federal Wage System employees) • Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through GS-11 or equivalent…

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Air Force at increase level of risk under sequestration

Posted  November 27, 2013

Air Force readiness was the topic of concern for the Air Force’s senior leader as he addressed members of the Air Force Association and the media during the association’s monthly breakfast, in Arlington, Va., Nov. 18.

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F-35A conducts first live fire with AMRAAM

Posted  November 27, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast Oct. 30. The F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast Oct. 30. The AIM-120…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Airmen Cookie Drive Volunteers are needed to sort and package cookies donated for the airmen cookie drive 7 to 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at Club Five Six. For more information or to sign up, email lukecookies@yahoo.com. Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 which will include military and local,…

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In the news…

Posted  November 27, 2013

Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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Additional remains of Air Force pilot found

Posted  November 27, 2013

Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19.

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