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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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Youth discuss bullying

Posted  February 21, 2014

The Youth Center hosted the “Bullying is NOT Nice” event Feb. 7 during Funtastic Friday. It was an interactive group discussion with youth ages 6 to 12 on the subject of stopping bullying. Participants learned how to respond to bullying, how to ask for help and the importance of speaking up against bullying.

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This week in history

Posted  February 21, 2014

1944: Big Week – Operation Argument Seventy years ago this week, Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz launched Big Week, or Operation Argument. Even with the Allied successes in 1943, the German Air Force was still a very lethal force. Allied air superiority was a local and transient condition. While the Allies had some long-range fighters, many…

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People First – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

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. SecAF has…

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Air Force News – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Azores Lajes Field was hit with a low pressure weather system Feb. 13, and strong winds caused damages to base facilities and military family housing. Gusts as high as 100 miles-per-hour were reported on Terceira, the mid-Atlantic Azorean Island where the 65th Air Base Wing is located. The 65th Operations Support Squadron weather flight recorded…

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Teens learn signs of dating violence

Posted  February 21, 2014

February is the month in which relationships in general are celebrated. It’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center has teamed up with the 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy office to offer information for teens and parents on teen dating violence. They have put together events…

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BHM committee holds essay contest

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Ella May Valdez and Melanie Ralston, students at Thompson Ranch Elementary School, receive certificates for winning the Luke Air Force Base Black History Month Committee essay contest. The certificates were presented Wednesday by Capt. Rasheed Wedlow, 56th Medical Group Resource Management Flight commander, Master Sgt. Shawanda Randolph, 56th MDG RMF chief, and…

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Salutes & Awards

Air Force Association gives back to AF family

Posted  February 21, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, congratulates Airman 1st Class Tanisha Pressley, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medic, Feb. 4 after being awarded Thunderbolt of the Week in the Wing Conference Room. Thunderbolt of the Week is just one of the many programs on base that the Air Force…

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Luke Airman saves lives after accident

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior AirmanJason Colbert Staff Sgt. Randy Williamson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental craftsman, checks a battery connection Tuesday during routine maintenance at the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Williamson will be awarded the Noncommissioned Officers Association Vanguard Award during the association’s national convention in July in Las Vegas. The award comes after…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior Airman Teresa Anaya-Hernandez 56th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller Hometown: Carson City, Nev. Years in service: Three Family: Father, Everardo Anaya; mother, Teresa Anaya; sister, Kassandra Anaya Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My parents push me to move forward and work hard to better myself Goals: Continue…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Connecting families “Daddy Read a Book” connects deployed parents with children at home by providing a free video of the deployed parent reading a favorite book. Reading sessions are conducted 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Monday of the month. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon at 623-856-6211. Finance office hours The…

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