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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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Fire safety

Posted  October 3, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus signs the 2014 Fire Prevention Week proclamation Monday at Luke Air Force Fire Station No. 1. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.” Events include a fire truck parade around base and open house at the fire station at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information about…

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TBolt fuels singing passion through sacrifice

Posted  October 3, 2014

Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Samantha Renner, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution supervisor, sings the National Anthem at the Senior NCO Induction Ceremony in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Renner has been singing the National Anthem at Luke for the past eight years. The sound of the cheering crowd was overwhelming as…

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Operation KIDS program gives children simulated deployment experience

Posted  October 3, 2014

Deployments can be both scary and confusing for children, but the Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center’s 6th Biennial Operation KIDS event on Oct. 25 can help reduce uncertainty and promote pride in the role parents play in supporting the mission. “The program is designed for military children between the ages of…

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October: Domestic Violence Prevention Month Any cruelty harmful to family

Posted  October 3, 2014

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Shakespeare October in the Valley of the Sun is a time for outdoor barbecues and football tailgating parties. But October is also Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Domestic violence is one of those topics not often raised at those barbecues and tailgating parties. Yet,…

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Program promotes ‘Street Smart’ resiliency

Posted  October 3, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Ralph Jimenez, Stay Alive From Education instructor, reviews the steps to be taken following an accident during a Street Smart Resiliency briefing Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. He explained how first responders prepare trauma victims for transport including how to restrain the victim, how to treat injuries, and what instruments…

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Air Force News – October 3, 2014

Posted  October 3, 2014

Louisiana Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen at Barksdale Air Force Base — responsible for two legs of the nation’s nuclear triad — conducted demonstrations, which included participation in a large combined forces exercise in the Pacific, a nuclear-capable cruise missile weapon system evaluation over the Utah Test and Training Range, and an ICBM operational…

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People First – October 3, 2014

Posted  October 3, 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. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. 19th AF…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 3, 2014

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. “There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry with that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but…

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Tip line reports illegal acts to AFOSI

Posted  October 3, 2014

Reporting suspicious activity has become much easier. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations established a tip line for the Air Force to support the insider-threat mission. The tip line is an anonymous reporting mechanism to advise law enforcement of illegal activities. It provides an easily accessible avenue for individuals to deliver information to AFOSI….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  October 3, 2014

The Internal Revenue Code places limits on the dollar amount of contributions you can make to pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2014. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k) and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains at $17,500. By comparison, the annual contributions limit to an…

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