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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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Luke exchange answers call for perfect smart phone

Posted  March 22, 2013

Do you watch sporting events while on the go, enjoy funny YouTube videos or just want to see the latest episode of your favorite show on DISH Network while you’re out and about? The Exchange Mobile Center is the answer. It is equipped with the latest video-capable Smart Phones on the market. Mobile video is…

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NOSC gets award

Posted  March 22, 2013

  FROM LEFT: Rear Adm. Scott Sanders, Reserve Deputy Director for Joint and Coalition Warfighting joint staff, Capt. Michael DeWitt, Navy Operational Support Center Phoenix commanding officer, Lt. Col. Chad Bondurant, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, Scott Crosby, Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego chapter president, and Andrew Otero A&D GC Inc. president, pose with…

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MHC here to help Airmen

Posted  March 22, 2013

The mental health clinic is not what it seems to be. It’s not a place to be afraid of, but a place for Airmen and their families to become mentally healthy. The MHC has two roles: helping patients entering the clinic and educating Airmen on ways to handle stress and more, said Staff Sgt. Brett…

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Fly Over: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’, ‘Les Misérables’

Posted  March 22, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ It’s magical! … Sorry In most movies, magicians are usually used to show how geeky a character is, which is weird because magic can be a pretty cool thing. I mean, I had a magic kit as a kid and I’m not a geek (stop laughing). This year’s “The…

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Commanders, spouses get ‘fresh’ eye of base

Posted  March 22, 2013

Commanders were able to an overall perspective of the Luke mission from outside their squadrons during a tour given to military spouses and relatives.

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Sports Shorts – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

LRS defeats OSS 46-37     Tyler Nixon, 56th Operations Support Squadron, attempts a lay-up after making a drive between two 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron defenders during an intramural basketball game March 13 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. LRS defeated OSS 46-37.     Raul Valdez, 56th OSS, puts up…

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The greatest generation …

Posted  March 15, 2013

This photo was taken within days of the mission, which was one of the most successful ever flown. The mission was flown by the 61st, 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons. Two years prior they’d flown their first combat mission led by Lt. Col. Lucian Dade. Eegbeck Aerodrome was located just south of the Denmark border…

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Luke Field rises out of desert

Posted  March 15, 2013

The Battle of Britain began Aug. 8, 1940, and the same day, President Franklin Roosevelt directed the military to start producing 12,000 pilots annually. In response to that order, the Army Air Corps conducted feasibility studies for the construction of eight new air fields. Phoenix City Manager Donald Scott announced the War Department had approved…

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56th Fighter Wing has boast-worthy history

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing, one of the most highly decorated aviation units in history, traces its heritage to the 56th Pursuit Group which first activated on Jan. 15, 1941, at Savannah Air Base, Ga. The unit was redesignated a fighter group and equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt when it was reassigned to England. The 56th…

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D-Day threat …

Posted  March 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Maj. Lucian Dade Jr., 62d Fighter Squadron, flew this P-47D-25 with a bubble canopy in June 1944. Shown is Tail Number 42-26417, painted with the D-Day paint scheme. Dade later commanded the 56th Fighter Group. He also commanded the 3600th Maintenance and Supply Group in the mid 1950s at Luke Air Force Base.

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