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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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This week in history

Posted  January 24, 2014

Jan. 22, 1944: Allies invade, take Anzio Courtesy photo Maj. Gen. Charles McCorkle Seventy years ago, the Allies landed on the beaches at Anzio, Italy. The operation’s name was Operation Shingle. The 56th Fighter Group did not take part in the operation. But, the current 56th Fighter Wing has a number of connections to the…

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Emerald Knights graduation

Posted  January 24, 2014

308th FS graduates 8 to combat air force Courtesy Photo Class 13-ZBG graduates eight fighter pilots today. They are, from left, lst Lts. Kaitlin Meiser, Eric Anderson and Andrew Buttitta; Capts. John Waters and Matthew Tucker; and 1st Lts. Dominic Collins, Michael Arnold and Andrew Taylor. Their hometowns and follow-on bases are listed below. Today…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  January 24, 2014

AFRC names colonel selects The following lieutenant colonels were selected for promotion to colonel in the 944th Fighter Wing: Scott Banning, 924th Fighter Group Gerald Brown, 69th Fighter Squadron Michael Chesser, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron William James, 924th FG John Lyons, 69th FS Douglas Meyers, 944th Operations Group Groups announce annual award winners The following…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 24, 2014

Airman 1st Class Shaylah McKinney 56th Force Support Squadron Customer service technician Hometown: Elmira, N.Y. Years in service: One Family: Youngest of four siblings, mother and step-dad Inspirations: My oldest sister Jennifer, who retires from the Air Force next year, and my mother Goals: Retire as a chief after 30 years, graduate with under-graduate and…

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News Briefs January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Medical records: keeping personal file in order

Posted  January 24, 2014

If you have ever been to the 56th Medical Group clinic, you may have noticed there are quite a few patients there. Every one of them has a file that tells their medical history and helps doctors review what has happened. Keeping all of those files in order is a monumental task. Luckily, there is…

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AETC updates mission, vision statements

Posted  January 24, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Education and Training Command has updated its mission and vision statements, focusing on its roots — recruiting, training, educating and innovation. The new mission statement, “Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America,” speaks to the charge of the Air Force’s First Command and the vital…

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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted  January 24, 2014

Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we still rely on the…

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Core values run deep, blue

Posted  January 24, 2014

What do the Air Force core values mean to you? As we were all taught in basic military training, the core values are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. However, there is a deeper meaning to our core values than just these three phrases. In accordance with Air Force Pamphlet…

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70 lbs of fight …

Posted  January 24, 2014

Maj. Sid Mirghani, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, performs a 70-pound weighted squat Jan. 18 while training for an upcoming CrossFit competition at Luke Air Force Base. Look for the story in the Jan. 31 issue of the Thunderbolt.

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