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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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South Korean media seek Lightning in desert

Posted  October 3, 2014

ROK journalists watch as an F-35 flies over on the North end of runway at Luke. Luke F-35 pilots performed various flying patterns.   Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, 61st Fighter Squadron commander, shows Republic of Korea journalists the helmet pilots wear when flying the F-35 in the 61st FS. Ebner also gave the journalists a…

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Fly Over: ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘We Were Soldiers’

Posted  October 3, 2014

In theaters: ‘The Maze Runner’ “The Maze Runner” is a science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball based on the book by James Dashner. The movie begins with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) waking up in an elevator with no memory of where he came from or who he is. Right away he attempts to…

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Enterovirus spreads throughout country, launches Flu season

Posted  October 3, 2014

From mid August to Sept. 18, a total of 153 people in 18 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. In the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection.

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Street Beat

Posted  October 3, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 25: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in Bldg. 1150 parking lot. There were no injuries Nonemergency responses Sept. 22: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – October 3, 2014

Posted  October 3, 2014

MDG vs. CS   TaRue Broady, 56th Medical Group quarterback, runs the ball during a matchup Sept. 22 against Airmen from the 56th Communications Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. With completions and good defense MDG won the match 34-13.   David Lucas, 56th CS, attempts to catch a pass in the end zone.  …

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Honorary commanders bid farewell

Posted  September 26, 2014

The United States military is made up of less than 1 percent of the total population, and for most of the other 99 percent, understanding the inner workings of military operations and training is not an option.

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News Briefs September 26, 2014

Posted  September 26, 2014

CPTS closed The finance office is closed Monday and Thursday. It will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 1st Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Comprehensive Airman Fitness Comprehensive Airman Fitness Training is Oct. 14 through 16. It is a three-day course for Airmen…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 26, 2014

Senior Airman Jordan Provencher-Olaes 56th Communications Squadron Network infrastructure technician   Hometown: Chandler, Arizona Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Bridget and Rustico Olaes; brothers, Devon and Ethan Provencher Inspirations: My parents gave me the strength and courage to strive in all areas of life; CS leaders’ mentorship has inspired me to be the very…

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POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

Posted  September 26, 2014

A warm, breezy late summer afternoon offered the backdrop for more than 200 people to be part of the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Retreat ceremony Sept. 19 in front of the wing headquarters building.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 26, 2014

Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action Sept. 19. There are 83,189 personnel still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to WWII, according to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office. These numbers represent countless American families who grieve because they do not…

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