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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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MWR officials urge furloughed civilians to tap programs

Posted  August 2, 2013

With furloughs now in full swing and many Defense Department civilian employees finding themselves with more time on their hands but less money in their pockets, morale, welfare and recreation officials are encouraging them to check out some of the programs offered right where they work.

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White House launches SAVE Awards for cost-paring ideas

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON – Federal employees can submit their cost-cutting ideas through the White House’s annual SAVE Awards campaign that kicked-off Wednesday, administration officials said. SAVE stands for Securing Americans Value and Efficiency. The campaign, which runs through Aug. 9, stems from President Barack Obama’s belief that federal employees are best poised to generate effective and efficient…

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SFS dominates MOS in championship

Posted  August 2, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron softball team defeated the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron team 21-8 during the intramural softball championship July 29 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field.

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Sports Shorts – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Beat-the-heat run The beat-the-heat 5k fun run is 6:30 a.m. Aug. 9 outside the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters, Bldg. 988. Awards, prizes and refreshments are included. For more information, call 623-856-6241. Start Smart Tennis Start Smart Tennis is a tennis program for children ages 4 and 5. Classes are 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 20…

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CV’s final Luke flight …

Posted  July 26, 2013

A fire truck from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services sprays down an F-16 Fighting Falcon July 19 flown by Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, upon completion of his final flight at Luke Air Force Base. Webb’s next assignment is deputy director of plans, programs and analyses at Headquarters U.S….

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Daughter of Luke’s own attends MLB Pitch Hit Run

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy photo Grace Lyons, 13, daughter of Lt. Col. John Lyons, 69th Fighter Squadron, participates in the national finals for Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition July 15 in New York City. Grace Lyons, 13, attended the annual National Finals for Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition in the girls’ softball…

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Mentoring happens on daily basis

Posted  July 26, 2013

What do teaching, coaching and mentoring all have in common? They all require communication and interaction. Teaching and coaching typically involve a controlled environment with determined settings, timeframes and performance centered on improvement in a specific skill area. Mentoring, on the other hand, is open, continues to evolve over time and allows nurturing of the…

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To serve requires automatic sacrifice

Posted  July 26, 2013

For those who have been in the service for a while, sacrifice is a word that is well known and experienced by all. It can be used to describe numerous occasions. It brings sorrow to some and pride to others. It is viewed in multiple ways. It’s not a bad word and can be seen…

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Shoplifting affects more than exchange’s bottom line

Posted  July 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the last of a series of articles on shoplifting at Luke. When items disappear from some off-base retailers due to shoplifting, it hurts those companies’ ability turn a profit and benefit stockholders. However, when shoplifting happens at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange, the effects cut deeper. “The reason the Luke…

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News Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished…

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