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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  October 17, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 6 through 12 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving violations and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 9: Security forces responded to a report of a vehicle vs. fixed object hit and run at the intersection of Bong Lane…

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Sports Shorts – October 17, 2014

Posted  October 17, 2014

EMS edges out OSS in playoff Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs   Benjamin Collins, 56th Operations Support Squadron tight-end, runs the ball as Taylor Keller, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron wide receiver and safety, attempts to grab Collins’ flag Oct. 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The end score was 19-13…

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Moving Wall Memorial stirs memories, emotions

Posted  October 10, 2014

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Pat McDermott, a member of the Blue Blazer squadron composed of prior 56th Fighter Wing honorary commanders, sings the national anthem Oct. 3 as Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, salutes during “The Vietnam War Moving Wall Memorial” opening ceremony in Goodyear. Luke AFB’s Honor Guard presented the colors. Inscribed…

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Commentary

Context matters, sets stage for clarifying meaning

Posted  October 10, 2014

The old adage is true — having children will change your entire life in ways you never imagined possible. Last year, my husband and I had our first child and overnight became two completely different people with a different set of priorities. My perspective on life, my career and my leadership style changed in a…

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What does it mean to be a leader?

Posted  October 10, 2014

Leader — One who rules or guides or inspires others. ~Webster’s Dictionary I agree partly with this definition that a leader guides and inspires, but I don’t believe a person needs to rule their personnel to lead. Additionally, I know a leader is much more. People in leadership positions must be confident in themselves and…

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New Knowledge Management Cell helps save Airmen time, money

Posted  October 10, 2014

Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Brian Gosha, 56th Communications Squadron SharePoint owner, briefs Airmen Sept. 30 on what they will learn in the Knowledge Management Cell at Luke Air Force Base. The training educated Luke Airmen on the information technology available to them. In today’s Air Force computers and the programs available on them are essential…

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News Briefs October 10, 2014

Posted  October 10, 2014

Haunted house The 56th Mission Support Group is featuring Operation: Haunted Block House 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in Bldg. 1150 for the Luke community. A costume contest is 7:30 p.m. Trick or treating and carnival booths are on the first and second floors and the haunted hallway is on the third floor. Volunteers…

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Salutes & Awards

Luke announces Nurse Transition Program graduates

Posted  October 10, 2014

The Nurse Transition Program is a nine-week course designed to transition a novice Air Force nurse into the roles of an independent Air Force practitioner and officer by providing a strong foundation of skills, clinical experiences, and professional nursing activities. Scottsdale Healthcare is one of just four Center of Excellence NTP sites training more than…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  October 10, 2014

This week’s Thunderbolt of the Week goes to an end-of-year team made up of members from multiple squadrons at Luke Air Force Base. Together they awarded more than $50 million enabling 110 mission critical and essential requirements for Luke, Holloman AFB, New Mexico, and Gila Bend. FROM LEFT: First row, Capt. James Vicchairelli, 56th Fighter…

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CFC on way to reach goals

Posted  October 10, 2014

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign is well underway. This year’s theme is “Serving our Country. Supporting our Community.” The goal for Maricopa County is $1.25 million – a little more than the $1.1 million raised in 2013. The 56th Fighter Wing has three goals to meet. First, to raise $186,000, second, achieve a 25-percent participation…

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