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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 management, union leaders back to bargaining table

Posted  January 24, 2014

Representatives from Luke Air Force Base management are scheduled to resume talks next week with the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for the 56th Fighter Wing and tenant units at Luke. The current agreement was signed in 1996. Labor contracts typically last for a three-year period,…

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Off we go into the wild blue …

Posted  January 24, 2014

Hayden Barker, 4, nephew of retired Tech. Sgt. Charles Clevenger, jumps from the base of the T-33A Shooting Star display at the Luke Air Force Base Air Park. A T-33 is scheduled to perform March 15 and 16 here at the upcoming “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show. For more information, visit…

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Sports Shorts – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Capt. Jon Mathers, 607th Air Control Squadron chief of training, performs a pullup Jan. 18 at Luke Air Force Base while training for a CrossFit competition that took place last weekend. rong>Training facility not just for already fit Story and photo by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The smell of sweat. The sound…

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Street Beat

Posted  January 31, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 15 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 10 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 17: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a government-owned vehicle at the parking lot of Bldg. 959. There were…

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CES takes to high places

Posted  January 31, 2014

Airmen are led down a mountain trail by 1st Lt. Brad Shields, 56th CES operations engineer chief.   The 56th CES rests at the top of the mountain.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron takes a moment to enjoy the scenery Jan. 22 from atop the White Tank Mountain Range. The 5-mile hike up the…

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This Week in History

Posted  January 31, 2014

Jan. 29, 1944: Target — Frankfurt Seventy years ago, the 8th Air Force Fighter Command had a very good day. After four days on the ground due to weather, the fighters were able to get back in the air. The day’s bomber target was Frankfurt, Germany. For the first time in World War II, the…

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Fly Over: ‘Skyfall’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted  January 31, 2014

‘Skyfall’ Ever since I was a child I remember watching the James Bond movie series with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. I was surprised in 2006 when “Casino Royale” came out staring a new male lead named Daniel Craig. I would say Craig is what the series needed because he’s not only a fresh new…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 31, 2014

“To whatever side you turn, you are forced to acknowledge your own ignorance and the boundless power of the Creator.” ~ Voltaire Humility can be tough, especially when our ignorance is displayed in front of others. Proverbs 16:18 tells us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We need to have…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 31, 2014

Military members can create allotments using myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/). There are two types of allotments: discretionary and nondiscretionary. • Discretionary allotments allow members to specify individuals, institutions, or businesses to receive a definite portion of pay and allowances. No more than six discretionary allotments are allowed. • Nondiscretionary allotments are made to specifically designated agencies or…

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Best of Luke take center stage at annual awards

Posted  January 31, 2014

Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12 Air Force commander, was the guest speaker at the 56th Fighter Wing annual awards ceremony Saturday. Sixteen Luke Airmen were recognized Saturday during the 56th Fighter Wing annual awards ceremony at the Renaissance Hotel. The event highlighted the achievements of Luke Airmen who were selected as the group-level award winners….

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