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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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YMCA tour

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 56th Fighter Wing command chief executive assistant, speaks to high school students March 28 at Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base. The Youth to Leaders group toured the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and watched F-16s launch for night flying.

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Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Posted  April 5, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations. Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

James Gilmore 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician How do you stay fit? Fitness is having a positive mindset toward exercise and eating properly. I also drink protein shakes all the time. What drives you to keep working out? I want to improve my personal performance. Being physically healthy is the best way to…

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Street Beat – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

The 56th Security Force Squadron handled the following incidents March 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle…

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Stop the pop, sugar Be smart, protect pearly whites from acid

Posted  April 5, 2013

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects the crowns of the teeth; however, it is susceptible to demineralization from acids. Acids are produced when bacteria colonize the tooth surface and metabolize carbohydrates. If this process continues, it may eventually lead to carious lesions, known as cavities, in the enamel and dentin. Soda…

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Fly Over: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, and the ‘Canton Dragon’

Posted  April 5, 2013

In theaters: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” Redemption is more like it Everyone has one TV show they loved as a kid and even up into adulthood. For many people, it was the cartoon “G.I. Joe,” a military action series that not only provided curiously bloodless battles, but also life lessons. Considering its popularity, it’s no shock…

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April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  April 5, 2013

12 main reasons incidents go unreported: Didn’t know how to report Feared retaliation or that the incident would happen again Did not trust the reporting process Concern over protecting identity Did not want to cause trouble in the unit Fear of being treated badly if reported (44 percent female – 31 percent male responses) Didn’t…

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San Diego: Five hours to sun fun

Posted  April 5, 2013

About five hours from Luke Air Force Base is one of the most visited places on the West Coast. San Diego, if done right, can be an experience to remember.

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Sports Shorts – March 29, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Alex Balok, 56th Medical Group, steps on third base as Dustin Barnes, 56th Security Forces Squadron, slides during the fifth inning of an intramural softball game played Oct. 10 2012, at a Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The umpire called Barnes safe. Commander’s cup up for grabs Photo and story by Airman…

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Education center offers college funding options

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force has had to make difficult choices to preserve readiness, and as a result, Air Force leadership suspended tuition assistance. However, Airmen have many options to help pay for education. Air Force base education centers, staffed with professional, well-trained counselors and advisors, are ready to assist Airmen. “We have the latest information on…

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