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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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TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

Posted  September 26, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently undergone a major overhaul for the first time since its inception in 1989.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 26, 2014

The Defense Department, like all federal agencies, will start fiscal 2015 (beginning Oct. 1) without approval of the National Defense Authorization Act or the Defense Appropriations Bill. Both legislative bills are required to be passed by Congress and signed by the president in order for the DOD to operate. In lieu of a defense act…

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56th Fighter Wing command priorities

Posted  September 26, 2014

Mission: Our mission is to train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots. As we continue to bring more F-35s to Luke, we’ll train the world’s best F-16 and F-35 pilots.   Airmen: There are more than 5,500 Airmen serving at Luke Air Force Base, and each one is critical to the Air Force mission. Airmen and…

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Street Beat

Posted  September 26, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 15 through 21: Tickets: Security forces issued citations for eight moving violations and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 17: Security forces responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 156. There were no injuries. Sept.18: Security forces responded…

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Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 5-11

Posted  September 26, 2014

I am a Luke Air Force Base firefighter. My main priority is to save your life, your children and protect your property. However, we all need to focus on fire safety in our home and work places every day of our lives. Fire prevention is a responsibility we all share not only in protecting ourselves,…

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JAG Corps announces 2015 law school programs

Posted  September 26, 2014

Legal Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as judge advocates are invited to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program. Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at Air Force expense while also continuing to receive full pay, allowances and tuition. Officers chosen for…

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F-35 night crawlers

Posted  September 26, 2014

F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter night crew chiefs, also known as night crawlers, from the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform preflight inspections Aug. 22 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. In addition to inspections, Staff Sgt. Aaron Booth, left, Senior Airman Nikolas Kinder, center, and Staff Sgt. Arthur Verchot are responsible for…

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Shoplifting increases cost military community

Posted  September 26, 2014

There are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America, accounting for more than $35 million a day in losses, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. This fact is not lost on retailers including the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. While it may not be evident to the naked eye, the Luke Air Force…

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Sports Shorts – September 26, 2014

Posted  September 26, 2014

Rafael Lopez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, avoids 56th Force Support Squadron defenders Sept. 16 during intramural football play at Luke Air Force Base. EMS defeated FSS 32-0. EMS shuts out FSS 32-0 Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The first pass of the game was thrown short setting the tone…

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Supreme allied commander comes home

Posted  September 19, 2014

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots. For story and more photos, see Page 12.

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