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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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People First – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 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. Air Force…

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Pilot for a Day

Posted  May 17, 2013

The newest member of Team Luke left the base May 10 with a smile on his face. Steven “SteveO” Boyd, 15, visited Luke Air Force Base and became an honorary member of the 309th Fighter Squadron through the “Pilot For a Day” program.

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Take Aim

Posted  May 17, 2013

Marines from the Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, a reserve unit stationed at Luke Air Force Base, conducted weapons training May 4 at the Arizona Army National Guard’s Florence Military Reservation

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 3 through May 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and two nonmoving violations. Emergency responses May 3: Security forces assisted the Luke fire station evacuate individuals out of a house with an active fire alarm. The house was secured and later cleared for…

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Fly Over: ‘When in Doubt’, and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Posted  May 17, 2013

In bookstores: ‘When in Doubt’ My female hormones sometimes hijack my body. On one such occasion, I decided to read “When in Doubt, Add Butter” by Beth Harbison. The novel was like romantic crack, laden with optimism and romantic sweetness. It satisfied my hormones but left a bad taste in my soul, momentarily tricking me…

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56th SFS, local units host Police Week

Posted  May 17, 2013

Glendale special weapons and tactics (SWAT), Phoenix police department, Silent Witness, Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Luke Air Force Base K-9 units, and local Luke police set up their information booths May 13 at Luke Air Force Base all line up for the opening day of the nationwide Police Week event.   Senior Airman Brandon…

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In Brief – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

756th AMXS COC Lt. Col. James Upchurch will relinquish command of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Lt. Col. Dominick Martin in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday in Hangar 913. Clothing Drive The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel is hosting a clothing drive through Wednesday to help provide Veteran’s clothes suitable for business casual…

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Thunderbolts make mad dash for Boston relief

Posted  May 17, 2013

Approximately 120 Luke Thunderbolts ran, walked and cheered during a charity run May 10 at the base track to raise funds for victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Sports Shorts – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

Angela White, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, hits the ball over the net during the first game of the 3-on-3 sand volleyball championship game May 9 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center sand volleyball court. MOS scored a point on the play. The 56th Security Forces Squadron team won the game 25-16. Volleyball championship by Airman…

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MWDs, handlers train for deployment

Posted  May 16, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Senior Airman Justin Lopez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his dog Oscar, 56th SFS MWD, perform a tactical obedience maneuver at the kennels Dec. 14 on Luke Air Force Base. Lopez and Oscar practice this maneuver as a form of providing cover for the dog during…

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