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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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Marine Corps pit

Posted  May 1, 2015

Airman Pedro Mota Marine Cpl. Dereck Rascon and Sgt. David Edwards, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, grapple at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program pit in their building on Luke Air Force Base.

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First Australian F-35 pilot completes training

Posted  May 1, 2015

Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilot, completes his final training mission April 23 after landing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Jackson made history as the first Australian pilot to fly in the F-35A. The fifth-generation aircraft will meet Australia’s future air combat and strike needs,…

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Jordanians train with AGE Rangers

Posted  May 1, 2015

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Mitchell Newton, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron instructor, teaches Jordanians about the hydraulic flow for a bomb lift April 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The Jordanians were here to learn about aerospace ground equipment in an international cooperative effort between the United States and Jordan. As a part of…

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Protect teeth for lifetime of smiles

Posted  May 1, 2015

According to a study conducted by the American Dental Association, injuries sustained when a mouth-guard is not worn are almost two times greater than when a mouth-guard is worn. Not wearing a mouth-guard during sports activities increases the risk of dental related injuries. When a person’s teeth sustain injuries, it can be very costly financially…

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Air Force News – May 1, 2015

Posted  May 1, 2015

Alaska Twice a year, millions of pounds of explosives and ammunition travel north through Pacific waters in a biannual migration designed to resupply military installations across Alaska with enough ammunition to defend its soil and citizens. Bulgaria The Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing from Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, is participating…

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People First – May 1, 2015

Posted  May 1, 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.   TRICARE beneficiaries targeted by call centers The…

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This week in history

Posted  May 1, 2015

April 30, 1975: The fall of Saigon Forty years ago this week, Saigon, the capital of the Republic of Vietnam, fell. The republic was also called South Vietnam. In 1973, United States combat troops left Vietnam, and though diminished, American support continued. Therefore, several thousand Americans still worked there. In March of 1975, the Democratic…

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Golf Course opening to public

Posted  May 1, 2015

Considered to be one of the top golf courses in the Air Force, Falcon Dunes Golf Course at Luke Air Force Base offers numerous activities for retirees and members of the military community. From the driving range to the practice facility, Falcon Dunes ensures top-of-the-line maintenance and supplies for its members.

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Mudder puts cadets in pit

Posted  May 1, 2015

Luke Air Force Base held its 2nd Annual Luke Tough Mudder Challenge April 17, giving two Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachments from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University a chance to learn about the active-duty Air Force training lifestyle.

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Victim advocates help in time of need

Posted  May 1, 2015

Being a victim or survivor of a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, but there are resources available to help at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. One of the most valuable resources is the victim advocate.

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