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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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Luke AFB makes tumor patient’s dream come true

Posted  July 12, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Glenn Schallman listens as 1st Lt. Patrick Nolan, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, goes over the controls of an F-16 on the flightline June 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Schallman suffers from a rare form of brain tumor that was deemed inoperable in 2002. Glenn Schallman suffers from a rare form…

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Time to think monsoon

Posted  July 12, 2013

Monsoon season has officially started, which means Arizonans can expect intermittent bouts of pelting rains, high winds and dangerous lightning strikes. The inclement weather, particularly the winds and lightning, are a common cause of summertime electric outages. Tips to help prepare for a potential power interruption and to stay safe if one does occur are:…

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Air Force News – July 5, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III sent the following furlough message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: As you all know, Defense Department civilian furloughs began this week. With few exceptions, our…

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Iron Man star of free comic book at BX

Posted  July 12, 2013

Iron Man, the world-famous Armored Avenger, joins the U.S. Military to defend America from the dastardly dragon Fin Fang Foom in Marvel Comics’ 15th free, military-exclusive comic book, available at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. In the all-new 36-page comic, an evil energy conglomerate awakens the ancient beast while illegally drilling in the Alaskan…

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AF selects T-bolt for nursing gig

Posted  July 12, 2013

The Air Force has selected 48 Airmen to enroll in a program that will train them to be commissioned nurses and one of them is from Luke Air Force Base. Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Ebueng, 56th Fighter Wing Legal office, has been selected for the 2013 Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program and will become a full-time nursing…

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Beat the summer heat with 79 days of savings at exchange restaurants

Posted  July 12, 2013

As temperatures heat up this summer, the discounts inside direct operated Luke Air Force Base Exchange restaurants are getting cooler for MILITARY STAR Card holders. Now through Sept. 21, food or drink orders made with a MILITARY STAR Card will be discounted by 20 percent. “With all of the other great discounts and contests available…

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People First – July 5, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Aviators may…

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Desert Diary: 607th ACS Airmen deploy downrange

Posted  July 12, 2013

In the middle of the desert, sand flies around in a fury, whipped up by strong winds. Rain begins to pour down from the sky. Battling the storm, an Airman treks through the mud to connect networking cables to a server communications base. Donning goggles and gloves, the Airman works to restore a weather tracking…

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This week in history: July 12

Posted  July 12, 2013

Saguaro Manor opens September 1959 When it comes to the history of U.S. Air Force base housing, two themes were consistent. There was either too much or too little housing to meet the base’s population needs. Luke Air Force Base has gone through those cycles too. While Del Webb built family housing at Luke, at…

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Admiral warns of potentially devastating cutbacks

Posted  July 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — Budget cuts and spending restrictions are forcing defense leaders into measures that are “basically hollowing out the force through sequestration,” the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s letter sent to Congress yesterday is “an accurate description of what’s happening to the force at-large,” Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear…

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