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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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56th RMO: Tip of spear on BMGR, aux field

Posted  October 17, 2014

Every day Air Force pilots use the Barry M. Goldwater Range and Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field to train the world’s greatest F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots, A-10 Warthog pilots and combat aircrew.

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Justice Report

Posted  October 17, 2014

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative action issued at Luke Air Force Base in September: 56th Fighter Wing Articles 15 • A senior airman received an Article 15 for violating a lawful general order and making a false official statement. The member received a reduction to the rank of airman first…

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Air Force News – October 17, 2014

Posted  October 17, 2014

Germany Airmen with the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base loaded a C-130J Super Hercules with needed supplies Oct. 7 and launched their first mission to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. The team of Airmen flying with the aircraft made stops in Spain, Senegal and Liberia, an area heavily affected by…

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People First – October 17, 2014

Posted  October 17, 2014

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.  Air Force releases criteria for new service medal Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear…

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Phishing: How to avoid it

Posted  October 17, 2014

Nearly everyone connects to the Internet, be it Facebook, shopping online or emailing at work. Being connected to the Internet has made life significantly easier, and while the World Wide Web is generally safe, it’s important to be aware that criminals are online looking to exploit individuals through any means necessary. One method criminals use…

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Cardinal’s Fitzgerald coaches mini ‘Bolts

Posted  October 17, 2014

Larry Fitzgerald, eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, scored his first touchdown of the year Sunday and followed it up with a second touchdown Monday at Luke Air Force Base.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  October 17, 2014

Effective Nov. 1, temporary duty travel for less than 30 days will not have per diem rate changes. However, TDY travel greater than 30 days will be limited to 75 percent of the maximum lodging rate and per diem rate. If you go TDY more than 180 days, travelers will be limited to 55 percent…

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Airmen follow LEAD to party

Posted  October 17, 2014

Staff Sgt. Kristen Reid, 56th Medical Support Squadron unit deployment manager, launches a bean bag during a game of corn hole. The game was just one of several activities during the block party.   Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, shakes hands with volunteers during the block party. The AETC commander, accompanied…

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Fly Over: ‘The Gift’ and ‘World Buffet’

Posted  October 17, 2014

On Amazon, Netflix and in stores: ‘The Gift’ Before beginning this review, let me just admit my bias against “scary” movies. For those who have read my past reviews, you probably noticed I appreciate stories and music that are uplifting and positive. That being said, a strong script and good acting can make a fan…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 17, 2014

Courtesy photo Booker T. Washington “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington I was one of a handful of religion majors at my undergraduate college….

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