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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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People First – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Hagel emphasizes…

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AF club membership comes with perks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base’s Club Five Six invites all service members, civilians and foreign military to sign up for Air Force Club membership. Becoming a club member brings with it membership benefits, including “club” and “card” benefits. “You won’t find a place to hold an event that costs less,” said Charles Aubrey, 56th Force Support…

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Justice Report – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The following is a list of Article 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in April: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A master sergeant received an Article 15 for assault and indecent language. The member received forfeitures of $2,000 with $1,000 of the forfeitures suspended and a reprimand. • A senior…

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Desert Challenge competitors train at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Fourteen U.S. Paralympic competitors trained at the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center May 13 through 17 to prepare for the Desert Challenge that took place May 18 in Mesa.

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APAH luncheon gets warriors fired up to dance …

Posted  May 31, 2013

Peiholani Tuiaki Jr. of the Luke Samoan Group performs a Samoan fire dance during the Asian Pacific American Heritage luncheon May 23 at the Navy Operations Support Center on Luke Air Force Base. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and recognizes the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hangover III’, and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Posted  May 31, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Hangover III’ The Wolfpack is back, and unfortunately they have nothing new to offer. Granted, I didn’t think the first movie “The Hangover” was really that great – though I’m told it was. The sequel was worse. The third and final film “The Hangover III” falls right in the middle. The boys…

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Gunslinger shootout …

Posted  May 31, 2013

  Vern Brink, Phoenix Police Department downtown operations unit sergeant, reloads during the moving target portion of the police week shootout May 14 at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range. His team tied for sixth out of 13 teams.   Staff Sgt. Brady Craddock, 56th Security Forces Squadron combat…

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In Brief – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. June 10 at Club Five Six. Home-buying seminar The Luke Housing Management Office and Airman and Family Readiness Center is sponsoring a home-buying seminar for military members,…

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Street Beat – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 17 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 37 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lighting Gate. There were no injuries. May 22: Security forces responded to a report…

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Base practices response to bomb attacks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen and civilians conducted a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High-Yield Explosives exercise May 22.

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