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JAMES HENSLEY Air Force

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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Getting details right matters

Posted  July 12, 2013

“If we can’t get the simple things right – patients worry about the rest of care.” My Medical Corp Chief, Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, spoke those words at a quality and patient safety meeting several years ago, and the words continue to resonate with me. In the Air Force medical service our patients’ health is…

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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted  July 12, 2013

One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about pursuing educational goals. The…

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Inner drive pushed All-American to qualify for 2008 Olympics

Posted  July 12, 2013

2nd Lt.CANDICE DILLITTE Airman 1st Class Kyle Young, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport systems apprentice, squats 225 pounds July 2 as part of his workout at the 607th ACS gym. Young works out ten times a week to maintain fitness. Every Airman has a story to tell. However, not every Airman’s story involves them…

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

AF ball – Save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Finance office hours change The finance customer service office will…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Lloydon Balili 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry apprentice Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif. Years in service: Two Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in ophthalmic technician and bachelor’s in Christian ministry Inspirations: My mother and older sister always made me want to be better; they both work hard to…

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Air Force announces E-6 promotions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The promotion list for technical sergeant was released Air Force wide June 27. The following staff sergeants have been selected for promotion at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Christopher Huckins 56th Comptroller Squadron Magen Baker 56th Training Squadron Thomas Duggan, Ramon Escobedo and Jonie Escorpiso 56th Operations Support Squadron Angela Gonzalez, Christopher Moylan…

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ALS graduates 33 Airmen in class 13-5

Posted  July 12, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 32 senior airmen June 27 from Class 13-5. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Stephen Dobbins, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Michael Imler, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Riley Watson, 162nd LRS Commandant’s…

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DAVID OWSIANKA
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Luke member rescues girl, earns award

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Joseph Sana, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 911 dispatcher, pose for a photo June 25 at a ceremony where he received a lifesaving award for actions he took April 19 to save a young girl from a dog attack. The ceremony took place at Surprise City Hall. Joseph…

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Number of shoplifters increases in 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Upward trend of theft causes concern for base exchange officials Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles on shoplifting at Luke. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange caught 32 shoplifters in 2012. By comparison, this year, 34 people have already been caught as of Sunday trying to steal on base. The…

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Administrative actions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The administrative actions Luke follows when non active-duty servicemembers, reservists or guardsmen are caught shoplifting: Dependents of military members, retired military members and ID card holding dependents of retirees: Shoplifting no matter the amount, will result in a one-year Army Air Force Exchange Services suspension. Police with the 56th SFS will notify Glendale police. A…

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