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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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Fly Over: ‘Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Posted  May 8, 2015

On Amazon: ‘Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders’ There are books out there that claim to teach people the skills they need to be successful. There are books out there that claim to teach people to become leaders. I just so happened to stumble upon a book I truly believe can make good…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  May 8, 2015

Thursday was America’s National Day of Prayer. Since you and I did not get a day off work you may have missed this national observance. Yet it is a long-standing observance, both formally and informally. In his 2015 Presidential Proclamation, President Obama declared: “Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have come together in moments of great…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 8, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 27 through May 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for four moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents April 27: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at Bldg. 1124 parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses April 30: Security forces…

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Sports Shorts – May 8, 2014

Posted  May 8, 2015

Semmi Quarles, 56th Operations Support Squadron team coach, sets up a volley during a match against the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron April 27 at Luke Air Force Base. OSS dominated both matches with scores of 25-13 and 25-17. OSS dominates LRS in season opener Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter Wing…

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Luke 1 brings home flagship

Posted  May 1, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with the press after landing the flagship F-35 Lightning ll joint strike fighter Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. The flagship’s arrival coincides with the start of Luke F-35 student pilot training, which begins Monday. Luke now has 20 U.S. F-35s and…

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Every Airman has a voice

Posted  May 1, 2015

While Gen. Mark Welsh III was here at Luke Air Force Base, he discussed the importance of listening to your young Airmen, and making sure they feel empowered to have open dialogue and share ideas within their chain of command. As the NCO in charge of my section, I took General Welsh’s words to heart…

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Off-base activities build your CAF

Posted  May 1, 2015

The Critical Days of Summer draw near. I know that in our shop this kicks off a slew of safety briefings about how to minimize the chance of injuries and stay out of danger. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from going out and exploring the Valley of the Sun. Luke is an amazing base because…

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Love thy feet

Posted  May 1, 2015

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Senior Airman Yadria Wood, 56th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, wraps a toe after a wedge resection is performed April 16 on Luke Air Force Base. The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the load-bearing structure at the base…

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News Briefs May 1, 2015

Posted  May 1, 2015

BMGR IEC convenes The Intergovernmental Executive Committee for the Barry M. Goldwater Range will convene at 5:30 p.m. May 13 in Cabela’s Conference Room at 9380 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. The IEC meets three times per year to facilitate the exchange of views, information and advice relating to the Air Force and Marine Corps’ management…

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Trainee breaks 90 percent, never looks back

Posted  May 1, 2015

“Lee, get off my track!” the instructor yelled. The time clock showed that 21 minutes had passed. Everyone in my flight was finished with the mile-and-a-half run except me. I didn’t finish. Before that we had been mock tested on the sit-up and pushup portion of the test. I performed six sit-ups and zero pushups…

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