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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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Spouses ‘dine-in’ Hollywood fashion

Posted  February 28, 2014

Costumes, laughter and bright decorations set the tone for an entertaining night at the first spouses dining-in Feb. 22 at Club Five Six.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 28, 2014

If you are a federal employee covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System or the Civil Service Retirement System, you may make regular or catch-up thrift savings plan contributions immediately upon employment. If you are covered by FERS, you may also receive matching agency contributions. All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in TSP at a…

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New chiefs recognized in ceremony

Posted  February 28, 2014

Five Airmen were recognized Feb. 21 for making the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force during the chief’s recognition ceremony at Club Five Six.

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt picks up dream, heads to Tops in Blue

Posted  February 28, 2014

Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Barnes, 56th Communications Squadron network operations, is the latest Thunderbolt to be selected to perform in Tops in Blue, the Air Force’s premiere expeditionary entertainment unit.

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This week in history

Posted  February 28, 2014

Feb. 26, 2009: Services Squadron redesignated Five years ago this week the 56th Services Squadron was redesignated the 56th Force Support Squadron. Part of the process was the inactivation of the 56th Mission Support Squadron. The new squadron included the functions, people and equipment of the inactivated unit. In 2007, the U.S. Air Force began…

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People First – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

Taking care of Airmen key to AF success Getting top performing Airmen promoted sooner, changing the enlisted performance report system, streamlining the enlisted and officer professional education programs and developing a roadmap for the Air Force for the next three decades were some of the topics discussed Feb. 20 by the Air Force’s top officer during…

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Air Force News – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

California Travis Air Force Base firefighters responded with Vacaville firefighters in battling a blazing trailer and grass fire Feb. 18. Greece There was a two-week flying and training deployment designed to increase interoperability with the U.S. Air Force and the Hellenic air force Feb. 2 to 14. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic air…

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Planning, scheduling core of MXG mission

Posted  February 28, 2014

It usually goes unnoticed when the heart is operating as intended, but let it skip a beat, and even the strongest will take note. Almost the same can be said for plans and scheduling. Overlooked by some, it is the heart of the 56th Maintenance Group.

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February is Black History Month

Posted  February 28, 2014

CDC children learn about civil rights Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, reads to children Feb. 19 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center in recognition of Black History Month. Throughout February the CDC invited guest readers to read books highlighting civil rights.

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CFP brings it all together

Posted  February 28, 2014

JASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Miguel Hurtado, 56th Communications Squadron client systems technician, cleans the inside of a computer Feb. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Hurtado is part of the comm focal point, helping to ensure the 5,000 clients on base are compliant with standards. There are more than 5,000 people on Luke Air Force…

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