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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….

Senior Airman James Hensley Health & Safety

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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Sports Shorts – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

SFS tops OSS in one-pitch softball Mario Huerta, 56th Security Forces Squadron, takes a swing April 21 during a one-pitch intramural softball game against the 56th Operations Support Squadron at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. SFS defeated OSS 17-6. Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 2, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 22: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 820 parking lot. There were no injuries. April 25: Security forces responded…

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Sting of AZ car registration softened

Posted  May 2, 2014

Registering a motor vehicle usually happens once a year. In Arizona this process comes at a greater cost than in other states. However, the legal office has information that may help in the process. Arizona has extended a boon to military members, both Arizona residents and nonresidents. In order to take advantage of this benefit,…

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Fly Over: ‘Now You See Me’, and ‘The Raid 2′

Posted  May 2, 2014

On DVD: Now You See Me Director Louis Leterrier’s 2013 release of “Now You See Me,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Cane, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman, is a fast-paced cat-and-mouse game when a group of solo magicians join together for a magical act known as the Four…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  May 2, 2014

Courtesy photo Rushworth Kidder “It may be … what most defines maturity in the twenty-first century will not be physical courage but moral courage.” ~ Rushworth Kidder Being military, I take nothing — absolutely nothing — away from physical courage. However, on a day-to-day, in-garrison environment, we encounter situations that will require decisions of the…

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Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

Posted  May 2, 2014

The leadership team remains protected behind shields while Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th FW commander, sprays Luke Air Force Base Airmen with a fire hose during the dining-in at Luke Air Force Base.   The 56th Mission Support Group taps challenge coins on the table during the event. Tapping coins on the table is a…

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Take a trip into world of music

Posted  May 2, 2014

It speaks to generations, spans across languages and inspires people. From the moment you step foot in the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix you will see the “Music is the language of the soul” collage against the lobby wall. This is more than a unique museum; it is a journey across the musical globe.

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Air Force

People First – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 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. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF top…

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Air Force News – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

Oklahoma Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke during an all call April 23 at Altus Air Force Base. The visit marked James’ first trip to Altus as the SecAF. She met with civic leaders, spoke to base personnel about the future of the Air Force and learned more about cost-saving innovations initiated…

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Exchange pricing parity ensures consistency worldwide

Posted  May 2, 2014

Whether stationed at Luke Air Force Base or abroad, service members can expect to find the same, or very similar, prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. Known as pricing parity, this practice ensures Exchange prices are established centrally. “While there may be some slight price differentiations that occur with items purchased…

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