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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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Single Airman Program builds resiliency

Posted  March 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Brando Sompie, 56th Force Support Squadron, freefalls from 13,000 feet with a skydiving instructor during a tandem skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The Airmen freefell for nearly a minute, reaching speeds of approximately 120 mph, or 200 feet per second, before opening the parachutes. The event was hosted…

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Mentorship builds better Airmen at all levels

Posted  March 28, 2014

Mentorship is an important topic that comes with many views and questions, such as, “Why is mentorship important?” “Why do we need mentorship?” and “What are the causes and effects of mentorship?” Here are my personal views on why mentorship is important. First, I would like to specify that every person in the Air Force…

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‘Burn the boats’

Posted  March 28, 2014

Though I have read a little about history and a little more about business and leadership, the first time I heard the expression, “Burn the boats,” was just a few weeks ago. It prompted me to look into this theory a little further. The phrase is most attributed to Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez when he…

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First-time motorcycle experience long time coming

Posted  March 28, 2014

I was in my sophomore year of high school and was about to cross the street to the school’s main courtyard when I heard a loud low vroom. I looked over and there it was – a blue Yamaha R6. It was as if everything went into slow motion and what I noticed, just as…

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Maintenance pros stand out at banquet

Posted  March 28, 2014

Grace Lee The 56th Maintenance Group held its annual Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet March 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The theme was “A Tradition of Honor … A Legacy of Valor.” When one thinks of the Air Force and its mission, the words pilots, jets, bombs and missiles may come to mind,…

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Luke 1 highlights open house success, F-35 mission

Posted  March 28, 2014

Senior Airman Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks at a commander’s call March 21. He discussed the recent open house and the new F-35 Lightning II mission. He also told Luke Airmen he was pleased with how the wing is meeting his expectations concerning mission, leadership and community. At a…

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Fly Over: ‘Catch a Contractor’, and ‘Titanfall’

Posted  March 28, 2014

On Spike TV: ‘Catch a Contractor’ Spike TV has created a fantastic new reality show, “Catch a Contractor,” which is hosted by comedian and master carpenter Adam Carolla. Except instead of catching sexual deviants like on the NBC series the show’s title is a take on, Carolla and co-host Skip Bedell are busting incompetent and…

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Sports Shorts – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

5k shines light on Women’s History Month Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Airmen at Luke Air Force Base take-off March 28 at the start of the Women’s History Month 5k fun run at Luke Air Force Base. The Woman’s History Month Committee also a held a luncheon to recognize contributions made by women in history. The…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 4, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 24 through 30: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents March 25: Security forces responded to a report of a DUI at Lightning Gate. Security forces detected an alcohol odor on the person, and observed blood shot eyes and slurred speech….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 4, 2014

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. During the month of April, all Airmen with a social security number with the last two digits between 11 and 20 will be required to revalidate their…

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