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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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Airmen urged to re-enlist, extend current enlistments before MilPDS upgrade

Posted  September 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are urging Regular Air Force Airmen who are eligible to re-enlist or extend their current enlistment in December and early January 2013 to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections or force support squadrons by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays…

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Young maintainer rises to top of MXG

Posted  September 21, 2012

Luke Air Force Base’s top maintainer spent his childhood hopping from location to location as a “Navy brat.” Though he was never quite sure where his family’s travels would take him, he knew where he wanted to land as an adult.

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Bowling champions, clinic draws crowd

Posted  September 21, 2012

Norm Duke, professional bowler, demonstrates how to plant the feet when bowling Sunday during the Next Level Bowling clinic at Thunderbolt Lanes on Luke Air Force Base. The clinic included on-lane instruction with Duke and bowling pro Randy Pedersen along with a trick shot exhibition, challenge match, and photo and autograph session. Two champion bowlers,…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – Sept. 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Senior Airman Andrew Carr 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Pest Management Journeyman Hometown: Wanette, Okla. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Abigail; and son, Connor, 1 month Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: Without my family, I probably never would have considered this path Goals: Obtain a Community…

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62nd FS graduates 7 in class 12-BBC

Posted  September 21, 2012

Seven officers from class 12-BBC successfully completed the F-16 basic course and will celebrate this momentous accomplishment today with their families, friends, academic instructors and instructor pilots from the 62nd Fighter Squadron.

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Performance feedback

Posted  September 21, 2012

How many times have you looked at that line on the enlisted performance report that says, “Last feedback was performed on,” and had that sinking feeling in your stomach? Any experienced Air Force supervisor knows the feeling; the inadequate sensation that comes with overlooking a simple responsibility, albeit one with enormous potential impact. The importance…

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Somewhere in France

Posted  September 21, 2012

“Your son Sergeant Roy T. Mitchell was killed in action in the Verdun Muse, offensive September 27, 1918, by an enemy shell. In expression of my sympathy to you and to other bereaved relatives and friends, I voice the sentiments of every man from Franklin in the A.E.F. and particularly those who know him best…

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FOD walk on schedule for Thunderbolts

Posted  September 21, 2012

Although small items that tend to get kicked around on the ground every day may seem harmless, they can be deadly to an F-16.....

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Sports Shorts – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Staying fit and keeping active: a busy week at Luke

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Street Beat and Justice Report – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following issues Sept. 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 18: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1130. Sept. 20: Security forces responded to an off-base accident at Glendale Avenue…

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