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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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MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Posted  August 1, 2014

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – August 8, 2014

Posted  August 8, 2014

LRS gets playoff spot in 55-35 win over OSS Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron battled the 56th Operations Support Squadron during an intramural basketball game July 29 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. LRS won the game 55-35, which guarantees LRS…

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Street Beat

Posted  August 8, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 28 through Aug. 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 22 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 28: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle vs. fixed object accident near Perimeter Road. There were no injuries. Aug. 2: Security forces responded to report…

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Health & Safety

Oral health impacts physical performance

Posted  August 8, 2014

In order for Olympic athletes to be successful, it is imperative for them to train hard and ensure their overall health is impeccable. When you think of an athlete training, their toothbrush does not usually come to mind as an essential training tool. However, recent research has shown oral health has a direct link to…

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Airfield management keeps runway tidy

Posted  August 8, 2014

It’s said when stakes are high, those who are calm prevail. Airmen from the 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management section know this all too well.

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Fly Over: ‘Crazy Love’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted  August 8, 2014

‘Crazy Love’ I must begin this review with full disclosure – the book being reviewed is about God told through the perspective of Christianity. If you are someone who is uninterested or offended by these topics, this book is not for you. If, however, you are one of the millions who are interested in learning…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  August 8, 2014

The slow days of summer are fading and moms and dads are working the logistics of getting their darlings out the door to school. Most families develop a morning routine to get the children out of bed, cleaned, dressed and fed before they usher them off to school. This can be an exasperating time for…

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56th Operations Support Squadron forecasts for Luke AFB

Posted  August 8, 2014

Ever curious where that AtHoc notice that flies across the computer screen alerting of weather warnings and when heat index changes comes from? Credit the people at the 56th Operations Support Squadron weather forecasting and warning services. Their mission is to observe and provide weather forecasts and severe weather threats to more than 30 squadrons…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 8, 2014

Courtesy photo North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats attack the USS Maddox Aug. 2, 1964. August 1964: Gulf of Tonkin Fifty years ago, American involvement in Vietnam hit a major trip wire, the Gulf of Tonkin incident. American involvement began before the end of the First Indochina War in 1954. The breakup of French Indochina created…

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Health & Safety

Silver Wings Pool offers workout options

Posted  August 8, 2014

What does a young Airman, pregnant woman and retiree have in common? All three of them need to be fit and healthy to live a long and happy life.

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