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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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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….

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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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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 21, 2013

“The road to success is filled with many tempting parking places.” ~ Will Rogers Have you ever been late to a big event? Parking is impossible, but then you see it – the perfect parking spot. It may take a little finesse, but it shouldn’t be a problem with your driving skills. Something inside you…

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Yellowstone: Definite bucket list item

Posted  June 21, 2013

Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park created by an act of congress March 1, 1872. It sits on top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, which last erupted 640,000 years ago and was a thousand times larger than the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980.

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Street Beat – June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 7 to 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a report…

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First-seed Falcons take it on chin in championship loss

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Falcons dove onto the diamond Sunday against the Peoria Bushwhackers in the Surprise league baseball championship at the Surprise Sports Complex baseball field. The Bushwhackers defeated the Falcons 10-6.

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Student pilot survives lymphoma, continues dream

Posted  June 14, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Capt. Dakota Olsen, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, performs a preflight check during his training at Luke Air Force Base. What if your childhood dream job became a reality? Now imagine that dream coming to a screeching halt with the possibility of not just losing the dream, but your life as well….

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Courage! Do you have it?

Posted  June 14, 2013

What comes to mind when you think of the word courage? Most of us in the military automatically think about contingency operations and the actions of our brave men and women downrange. Those outside the military might say the same thing or they may speak of courage displayed by the actions of our brave police…

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Changing times add extra stress

Posted  June 14, 2013

We can all agree that 2013 has been a challenging year. Budget uncertainty, looming sequestration and potential furloughs have forced change to normal operations. Interrupting the way we do business requires us to operate in an environment of uncertainty. This uncertainty only compounds normal stress brought on by change. These changes affect our lives, increasing…

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308th signs on to clean up

Posted  June 14, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, middle back row, Adopt-A-Street representatives and 308th Fighter Squadron pilots pose June 7 at the northwest corner of Glendale Avenue and Dysart Road. The Adopt-A-Street program invites the community, civic organizations, private businesses and individuals to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets. The Glendale…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  June 14, 2013

Senior Airman Joshua Parker 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons load crew member Hometown: Davison, Mich. Years in service: One Inspirations: My uncle served in the Navy and inspires me to make it up the enlisted ranks Goals: Obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, live overseas Self-description: Just trying to do my part, serving my…

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Luke looks back at F-35 mission

Posted  June 14, 2013

Samuel King Jr. The pilot and crew chief salute each other as the F-16 Fighting Falcon taxies toward the runway for another sortie Sept. 6, 2012, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. With an average of 106 takeoffs per day and an inventory of 138 F-16 Fighting Falcons, it would have been easy to not…

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