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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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Veterans

Veterans in need receive hope

Posted  April 4, 2014

Hope can come in many forms, but for veterans in need, hope can be a simple business suit and a tie.

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Fly Over: ‘Game of Arms’, and ‘Zelda: Ocarina of Time’

Posted  April 4, 2014

On AMC: ‘Game of Arms’ If you’ve ever wanted to see a man roll up a frying pan with his bare hands, the new AMC series “Game of Arms” is for you. This reality TV series focuses on five regional arm wrestling clubs from around the country: the Sacramento Arm Benders, New York City Arms…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 4, 2014

Courtesy photo William James “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” ~ William James Just what do you believe about the value of human life? The statement above does not say belief will create life worth living but will help. This may sound quite pragmatic, but there is…

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Events

MDG takes it outdoors for annual Mash Bash

Posted  April 4, 2014

Water guns sit ready for use in the water wars during the event.   56th Medical Operations Squadron Airmen celebrate after a tug-o-war win during the Mash Bash. The Mash Bash included kickball, jousting and a water war with water guns and water balloons.   Staff Sgt. Chelsie Nelson, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental technician,…

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Health & Safety

Use responsible drinking guideline ‘0-0-1-3’

Posted  April 4, 2014

Many people would agree that in today’s society alcohol has been commercialized to the point one would believe drinking is a rite of passage, much like learning to drive. Alcohol is typically portrayed in commercials as a party enhancer, as a means to become instantly cool, or as an indispensable relaxation aide. However, the most…

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People First – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 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.  CSAF: Budget cuts affect combatant commands Painful budget reductions will reduce the future capabilities of combatant commanders, Air…

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Air Force News – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

Nebraska A new tool called the Wolf Blending Scope, no bigger than a yard stick, is making work a lot easier for maintenance professionals of the 55th Wing who are responsible for keeping Offutt Air Force Base aircraft flying. The tool is used to fix damaged compressor blades and stands to save the Air Force…

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Social puts mustaches to marching

Posted  April 4, 2014

DEVANTE WILLIAMS Capt. Myles Cheatum, 607th Air Control Squadron, shows the judges his upper lip March 28 during the Mustache March Social at Club Five Six. The social was held to celebrate the heritage of Mustache March and to allow Luke Air Force Base Airmen to have some fun. During the month of March, Airmen…

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Health & Safety

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  April 4, 2014

“The biggest danger is that we could feel or believe that our individual actions don’t matter and we can’t change anything when the opposite is true.” These are the words of Joice Jones, 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, commonly known as…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 38 senior airmen

Posted  April 4, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 38 senior airmen March 27 in class 14-3. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jacob Haydon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Joshua McIntosh, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Jonathan Sigerson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Joseph Vandervennet, 56th Maintenance Group Commandant’s Award: Jonathan Sigerson, 56th…

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