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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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DAR honors retiree

Posted  May 15, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Smith, 56th MSG superintendent, presents Theodore Meyer with a certificate granted to him by the National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution May 7 at Luke Air Force Base to honor his 20 years of military service….

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Air Force News – May 15, 2015

Posted  May 15, 2015

Germany Gen. Frank Gorenc, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, presented the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein a $250,000 check and a trophy May 1, for winning the USAFE-AFAFRICA Innovation Madness tournament. The tournament-style match determines which wing promotes the best innovative culture. Bulgaria The 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was…

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People First – May 15, 2015

Posted  May 15, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in the title. AF establishes four new key reporting identifiers…

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May: Asthma Awareness Month – Controlling symptoms important to quality of life

Posted  May 15, 2015

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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Weapons loading team under watchful eye

Posted  May 15, 2015

Freelove loads an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16.   Staff Sgt. Jacob Freelove, right, 56th Maintenance Group weapons standardization team chief, and Airman 1st Class Emmylou Hermanson, 56th MXG weapons standardization team member, perform weapon loading procedures at Luke Air Force Base. The team was evaluated on their performance every step of the process.  …

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Air field manager learns to fly

Posted  May 15, 2015

Almost everyone has a hobby. Some hike or bowl, while others paint or sculpt. Staff Sgt. Mark Smith, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of air field management training, flies a plane.

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This week in history

Posted  May 15, 2015

Forty years ago today, U.S. combat in Southeast Asia ended. Three days earlier, communist Khmer Rouge gunboats seized the U.S.-flagged merchant container ship, SS Mayaguez, off the coast of Cambodia.

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Street Beat

Posted  May 15, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 4 through 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 1514. There were…

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Fly Over: ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Posted  May 15, 2015

In theaters: ‘Furious 7’ “It’s been a long day, without you my friend. And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.” You’ll be singing this song for days once you watch “Furious 7.” And it’s probably biased of me to say this, but “Furious 7” had one of the best tributes…

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Next Week in History, May 21, 1960: B-25 retires

Posted  May 15, 2015

Editor’s note: The Thunderbolt will not be published May 22 due to the holiday down day. The following was provided for that edition. Fifty-five years ago next week, the Air Force retired its last World War II North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell bomber. The B-25’s first flight was 20 years earlier on Aug. 29, 1940….

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