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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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News Briefs May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Spouse hiring info The Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service will facilitate a web-based training entitled Federal Employment and Military Spouse Preference. This webinar will give an overview of spouse hiring authorities and the federal application process. Military spouses are encouraged to attend as well as those who provide direct employment services to spouses. To access…

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Teens learn to say ‘No’ to booze

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Sonja Raciti, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program manager, gives Josh Anane, 14, son of Master Sgt. Fred Anane, 56th Maintenance Group wing plans, scheduling and documentation superintendent, guidance on which cone to walk to April 25 at the 56th Force…

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Do you really know your people?

Posted  May 9, 2014

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and every time you’ll get a different answer. When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important is their ability to effectively communicate with…

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Advancing CAF through storytellers

Posted  May 9, 2014

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness is a key talking point in most speeches you hear from Air Force leadership. This concept has been introduced in formal training and many of our younger Airmen are very familiar with it. The purpose of this article is to introduce CAF and discuss how storytellers can help advance CAF at Luke…

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Police week shines light on ‘cops’

Posted  May 9, 2014

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Airmen of the 56th Security Forces Squadron salute the flag as the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard perform retreat May 16, 2013, during the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. It will be performed again this year at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Every year police departments…

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Sports Shorts – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

COMM dominates FWSA in intramural softball game Christopher Gilbert, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes a swing at the ball during an intramural softball game against 56th Communication Squadron May 6 at Luke Air Force Base. COMM defeated the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies team 15-1.   Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron, playing for the 56th…

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Luke exchange offers protective gear for bikers

Posted  May 16, 2014

According to NBC 4 in Washington, 20 percent of Soldiers and six percent of Airmen ride motorcycles. The Defense Department states the number of motorcycle riders among military members is expected to rise in 2014. As a partner in readiness, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is committed to providing a wide selection of…

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Are you ready for Arizona’s Summer Heat?

Posted  May 16, 2014

Heat killed 139 people in Arizona in 2013. The best way to reduce that number is to be prepared. A new report, “The Trend in Morbidity and Mortality from Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat in Arizona,” shows heat is linked to an average of 118 deaths every year since 2000. It also shows that men…

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Fly Over: ‘American Horror Story – Season One’, and ‘Childish Gambino presents: Because the Internet’

Posted  May 16, 2014

On FX and Netflix: American Horror Story – Season One American Horror Story, created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, is considered an anthology series featured on the FX channel. The series features Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe and Zachary Quinto, just to name a few. As the series expands beyond the first season,…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 16, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 6 through 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 1113 parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses May 7: Security…

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