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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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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted  June 7, 2013

The history of the now famous Thunderbirds began at the end of World War II. After the war, a number of commands decided to develop teams to demonstrate the capabilities and flying precision of their pilots and new jet aircraft.

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This Week in History – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

It was June 6, 1944, during a short break in the weather along the Normandy coast, when 160,000 allied troops landed upon a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline as part of the largest amphibious invasion in history. The operations surrounding D-day signified the opening of a second front in the invasion of German-held…

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Luke at Night SFS

Posted  June 7, 2013

Base access is a function of security forces, with regular training to keep SFS members up to date in law enforcement tactics and skills.

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Fly Over: ‘Fast & Furious 6’, and ‘The Internship’

Posted  June 7, 2013

In theaters: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ I’ve always been a fan of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise. After hearing how great the sixth movie is, I had to see it. “Fast & Furious 6” is about a team of criminal gang members led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who retired after their heist in…

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Safety fair heats up critical days of summer

Posted  June 7, 2013

Thunderbolts brought the sizzle into summer fun with a safety fair May 23 inside the former officer’s club.

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607th ACS to become AETC unit

Posted  June 7, 2013

Changes are on the horizon for the 607th Air Control Squadron as members prepare to switch from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command next month.

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Practicing safety around water makes for fun, avoids mishaps

Posted  June 7, 2013

When the weather turns hot many people head for water. It’s a good way to beat the heat. Yet, because of all the activity going on, people can forget about water safety. Playing in and around water comes with risks. Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children age…

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  June 7, 2013

WASHINGTON — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 7, 2013

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” ~ Clare Booth Luce, 20th century American congresswoman/playwright Hopelessness among today’s service members continues to make headlines with ever increasing suicide rates. However, for every suicide there are countless others who feel hopeless. Two things we should remember: The first is…

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12th Air Force commander visits Team Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, holds an officers’ call at Luke Air Force Base May 17. Rand discussed his priorities that include mission, Airmen, family and the U.S. Air Force core values. He emphasized the importance of being a wingman and leaders being invested…

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