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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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May 11-15: National Police Week Recognizes law enforcers who paid it all

Posted  May 8, 2015

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls on as National Police Week. The memorial service began in 1982 at Senate Park in Washington D.C., with a gathering of about 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. There are more than 20,000 officer’s names…

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Engines rev with Glendale PD

Posted  May 8, 2015

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Brian France, Glendale Police Department special operations traffic unit, instructs a rider on proper maneuver safety April 24 at Luke Air Force Base. Glendale PD came to Luke to teach motorcycle safety and will potentially hold another class this fall. The Glendale Police Department visited Luke Air Force Base April 24…

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What motorcyclists and passenger vehicle drivers should know

Posted  May 8, 2015

Helmets: Even if you drive in a state that does not require the use of a helmet, it is recommended to wear one. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,699 motorcyclists in 2012. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 781 lives could have been saved. Licensing issues: 24 percent of motorcycle…

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Air Force News – May 8, 2015

Posted  May 8, 2015

Florida The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station conducted a successful launch on April 27. During the mission, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral AFS supported the SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 communications satellite. Nepal The Air Force sent a second C-17 Globemaster III in…

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People First – May 8, 2015

Posted  May 8, 2015

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, click on the link in the title. Retired military working dog relieves Airmens’ stress When…

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Then & Now

Posted  May 8, 2015

Editor’s note: “Then and Now” is a new feature presenting historic and current photos as well as a story that explores the history surrounding the photo and the differences between then and now. Student pilots Courtesy photo Student pilot at Luke Field, circa 1949 Then: Pilot training spanned 32 weeks and consisted of three phases,…

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Career Technical Training Track: What’s in it for you

Posted  May 8, 2015

Beginning a new career as a civilian employee when leaving the military can be filled with exciting opportunities to grow both professionally and personally. In order to succeed, one must be ready to take time to manage all aspects of a new career. As part of the enhanced Transition GPS (goals, plans, success) program, service…

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Fitness challenge honors EOD warriors

Posted  May 8, 2015

Saturday was National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day. In recognition of this, the 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center and the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight sponsored the second annual Warrior Fitness Challenge at Luke Air Force Base.

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This week in history

Posted  May 8, 2015

Courtesy photo May 8, 1949, Victory in Europe Day May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe Day On this day 70 years ago, Europe and America celebrated Victory in Europe Day, ending years of fighting, death and destruction. Depending upon the historian, World War II started in Europe in 1936 with the Spanish Civil War, or…

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944th ASTS hosts unique joint training exercise

Posted  May 8, 2015

“Operation Patriot Bluebird,” a mass casualty exercise, kicked off May 1 at Luke Air Force Base with a simulated scenario of a passenger bus being hit by an improvised explosive device blast causing several injuries

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