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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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Deploying on dime demands readiness

Posted  May 31, 2013

Our nation’s readiness has never been tested like it will be in the remainder of the fiscal year. Our Air Force has squadrons standing down and our readiness, despite global tensions being on the rise, will suffer in the coming months. Luke Air Force Base Airmen need to be ready to deploy in support of…

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Setting goal, staying course reap reward

Posted  May 31, 2013

I have always enjoyed running. In elementary school, I won countless field-day blue ribbons for fastest runner. In high school I ran track and cross country. Cross country quickly became my favorite. I was extremely excited when the U.S. Air Force did away with the bike test and started the 1.5 mile run to measure…

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Spikes graduate 7 to combat air force

Posted  May 31, 2013

Today America’s newest fighter pilots joined the most lethal combat air force on the planet. Seven officers from class 13-ABC successfully completed the F-16 Fighting Falcon basic course and will celebrate this momentous accomplishment with family, friends, academic instructors and instructor pilots from the 62nd Fighter Squadron. Their training at Luke Air Force Base began…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 31, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Irvin 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Logistics technician Hometown: McDonough, Ga. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Jon; mother, Carrie; and sisters, Katie and Hannah Education: Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: Family, first and foremost Goals: Obtain a degree in engineering and have an Air Force career Greatest feat: Skydiving out of…

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Luke announces master sergeant selects

Posted  May 31, 2013

The following technical sergeants have been selected for promotion to master sergeant: 56th Fighter Wing Scott Batson, Bruce Thompson and Elliott Velez 56th Maintenance Group Phillip Banton and Aaron Lerding 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron Janice Galloway, Heriberto Gonzalez 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Robert Amric, Joseph Dole, Christopher Roscoe and Eric Stromski 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron…

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Cactus Squadron keeps close ties to base

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 310th Fighter Squadron hosted 25 members of the famed Cactus Squadron for a commander’s call May 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Retired Lt. Gen. Peter Vogler, former chief of staff of the German air force and current Cactus Squadron commander, visited and toured Luke and dedicated the new Cactus Starfighter Conference Room in…

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Thunderbolt named 2012 AETC Honor Guard Member

Posted  May 31, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th FW command chief, present Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, with the 2012 Air Education and Training Command Honor Guard Member award May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. During…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  May 31, 2013

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. ~ King Solomon New York Yankees greats Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera had a tense exchange of words a few weeks ago over a relatively minor issue. How the players handled the situation illustrates the truth of this wise saying. Rivera humbly apologized…

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S.S. Mayaguez lost remembered, honored at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard lower the American flag during the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony May 16 at flag park. The ceremony was held to honor the security forces members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The 56th Security…

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Air Force News – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Commission on Air Force structure to meet The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in Washington, D.C. President Obama, the chairman and ranking members of both armed services committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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