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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  May 15, 2015

An invitation to laugh … Storyteller Garrison Keillor said, “God writes a lot of comedy … the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.” Unfortunately, people without a sense of humor are ubiquitous. They come in all shapes and sizes. They come from every, social, political…

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TRICARE revises coverage by screening compound drugs

Posted  May 15, 2015

Beginning May 1 Express Scripts, the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, began screening ingredients in compound drug claims to ensure they are safe and effective and covered by TRICARE. This screening process is like the one TRICARE already uses for other prescription drugs, but it will now apply to the ingredients in compound drugs. Compound drugs are…

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Sports Shorts – May 15, 2014

Posted  May 15, 2015

MDG dominates FWSA in softball David Deremer, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, runs toward third base May 6 during an intramural softball game against the 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base. Deremer successfully stole third base, setting up FWSA to score a run. Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter…

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Air Show returning March 19-20, 2016

Posted  May 8, 2015

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Crowds gather to catch a glimpse of Luke’s newest jet, the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter, on March 16, 2014, during the Open House and Air Show at Luke Air Force Base. Luke Air Force Base’s 56th Fighter Wing will host an air show March 19 and 20, 2016. The…

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Marksmen have eyes that go the distance

Posted  May 8, 2015

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Brady Craddock, 56th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, zeros the scope of a Barrett M107 April 27 at Luke Air Force Base. The advanced designated marksmen at Luke have the role of surveying the area for potential danger for high-profile visits such as Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Air…

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Practice ‘essence’ of leadership

Posted  May 8, 2015

Every day, everyone in the Air Force at all ranks has a chance to be a leader. We know leaders are involved with people and show a sincere interest in their problems and welfare. We also know as a leader it’s important to be accountable for your actions. However, I see the essence of leadership…

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Influence others to aid, support mission

Posted  May 8, 2015

Leadership … it’s a word we hear almost every day in the Air Force. It’s the backbone of our military structure and way of life. It’s how we better ourselves as we progress through ranks and responsibility. It’s how we motivate our peers and subordinates to be better Airmen. What does being a good leader…

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FSS member receives next-of-kin gold pin

Posted  May 8, 2015

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support Group commander, pins a Gold Star Next of Kin lapel button onto Kristina Rightweiser, 56th Force Support Squadron human resources assistant, April 29 during the MSG commander’s call at Luke Air Force Base. The lapel pin is an official decoration authorized by an Act of Congress…

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News Briefs May 8, 2015

Posted  May 8, 2015

62nd FS stand up The 62nd Fighter Squadron will stand up in a ceremony at 8:02 a.m. June 5 in Hangar 999. Lt. Col. Gregory Frana will assume command. The squadron will fly the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Mother’s Day brunch Club Five Six is offering a Mother’s Day brunch 10 a.m. to…

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Remembering victims, rescuers of Holocaust

Posted  May 8, 2015

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Chaplain (1st Lt.) John Skelton, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel, and volunteers built the hiding place exhibit based on a description of the house in Amsterdam writer Anne Frank and her family lived in during the German occupation of the Netherlands. Remembering the good and the bad throughout history can help shape the…

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