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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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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted  July 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders Thursday. The senators had requested detailed information on…

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If it’s not life or death, make an appointment

Posted  July 12, 2013

Over use and improper use of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities are a large drain on the budget available to the 56th Medical Group. The 56th MDG leaders have spent a good amount of time identifying how they can help Luke Air Force Base members and their families better understand and address this issue….

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 12, 2013

As I write this, former antiapartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela is on life support at age 94. Mandela spent years as a revolutionary fighting racism and the government policy of “apartheid” in his beloved South Africa. For this, Mandela spent more than a quarter of his life, 27 years, in prison….

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Fly Over: ‘Hesher’, and ‘The Lone Ranger’

Posted  July 12, 2013

‘Hesher’ The trailers for “Hesher,” a 2010 drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character, looked pretty interesting. Unfortunately, the movie is mediocre at best, despite a good performance by the protagonist, played by child actor Devin Brochu, whose age is curiously not readily available on the Internet. Brochu plays T.J., a junior high-age boy…

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Street Beat

Posted  July 12, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 21 through July 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 30 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 26: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the commissary parking lot. There were no injuries. July 2: Security forces responded…

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Maple Flag brings heat to Great White North

Posted  July 12, 2013

Members of the 425th Fighter Squadron recently participated in Maple Flag, a Canadian directed exercise conducted annually that provides training for warfighters in large-force employment of 50 aircraft at a time.

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Sports Shorts – July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

OG slides past CES 11-6   Taylor Shewbirt, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, rounds third base during the first inning of the intramural softball game Tuesday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. Shewbirt scored the first of four runs by CES during the inning.   Christopher Moylan, 56th Operations Group, swings…

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AF Marathon race transfer progam announced

Posted  July 11, 2013

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Marathon has officially sold out all races and organizers have announced details for the transfer program. “The transfer program is the only official way for runners to give their bib to another runner,” said Rob Aguiar, director. “Along with the charity partner slots, it is the…

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Additional F-35s coming to Luke AFB

Posted  July 3, 2013

The Air Force announced June 27 that Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has been chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lightning II aircraft, bringing the eventual total number of the fifth-generation fighters expected at the base to 144. The Air Force’s initial decision to establish an F-35 pilot training center at Luke was…

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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

Posted  July 3, 2013

Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., recently loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an airliner,…

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