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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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Making challenges into opportunities, hard work

Posted  March 29, 2013

We all ask, “What’s the secret to success?” I wish I knew the answer, although my standard reply is “hard work.” Hard work may sound simplistic, but trust me, it stems from a lifetime of trying harder. You see, I have attention deficit disorder. This article is not about ADD, rather how I overcame my…

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Legal helps Airmen, brings justice

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Airmen who work in the staff judge advocate office do more than handle powers of attorneys and wills; they are involved in assisting commanders with disciplinary actions and help prosecute those who break the law to bring justice to the victims.

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News Briefs March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Staff Sgt. Matthew L. Dennison is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims for or against the estate should call 2nd…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Senior Airman Leonila Celestino 607th Air Control Squadron Command support staff Hometown: Oak Harbor, Wash. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in information management from Rio Salado Community College Previous assignments: Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing is free and…

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Senior Airman Sandra Welch
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Werewolf hits 3,000 hours in F-16

Posted  March 29, 2013

Reaching 3,000 F-16 flying hours is a milestone few pilots reach in their entire career. On the first day of spring, the list of pilots who have reached that milestone added one more name.

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Steps for ‘Mustang’ no easy ride

Posted  March 29, 2013

In the military, Mustang is a term used for someone who is commissioned after being enlisted. It’s not a walk in the park for enlisted Airmen to earn a commission. In fact, there are various steps needed to be taken prior to applying to a commissioning program. One of the first steps is to attend…

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Promotion wisdom comes from retired chief

Posted  March 29, 2013

In my 40-plus years serving on both active duty and working as an Air Force civilian, one question seems to surface each time the promotion list is released. What does it take to get promoted? The question applies to our newest Airmen, NCOs and our senior NCOs. Although each Airman’s experiences differ, I believe to…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Jesus Artesi 56th Medical Support Squadron Information systems technician 1. How do you stay fit? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I keep training for competitions, the team I lead and being the best I can be. 3. Favorite music to work out to? Greydon Square. 4. Favorite workout? Grappling. 5….

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Days of Remembrance: Why should I care?

Posted  March 29, 2013

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Days of Remembrance” are April 7 through 14. Some may say, “I am not Jewish, so why should I care?” While this observance is closely tied to the remembrance of the Nazi led Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s in Europe and has strong a connection with the Jewish faith…

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Street Beat – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Marchch 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 17: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident on the second floor of the Luke Air Force Base Exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March…

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