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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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Air Force News – September 19, 2014

Posted  September 19, 2014

England The first wheelchair rugby game during the 2014 Invictus Games in London went to the United States as they grabbed an early lead and never relinquished it. USA Team beat Australia 14-4 to advance in the tournament. Cameroon Military leaders of 17 African nations and the U.S. gathered for the fourth annual African Air…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 19, 2014

Planning for retirement is like taking a promotion test. Early preparation can improve success, and a strong test score opens doors for your future. It’s never too soon to think about test studying, and it’s never too early to think about retirement savings. Small decisions made in one’s 20s can make huge differences in life…

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People First – September 19, 2014

Posted  September 19, 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. AF survey…

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Protection through detection saves lives

Posted  September 19, 2014

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — I remember the words on signs like it was yesterday. All of the business marquees outside of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, read “Where is Adam?” There were billboards offering rewards and advertisements in newspapers requesting information for the whereabouts of 4-year old Adam Finch. The year was 1997…

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Justice Report

Posted  September 19, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in August: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A senior airman was court-martialed for wrongful use of oxycodone and wrongful distribution of oxycodone. The member received a reduction in rank to airman basic and three months hard labor without confinement. Articles 15…

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Supreme allied commander comes home

Posted  September 19, 2014

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO supreme allied commander for Europe and the commander of U.S. European Command, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12 to speak with Airmen, receive updates on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training program and attend a B-Course pilot graduation ceremony.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 19, 2014

Courtesy photo Walter Lipmann “He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable or dangerous to do so.” —Walter Lipmann  Walter Lipmann was a distinguished American journalist during a pivotal time in the 20th Century. What he has to say about honor sounds to me a lot…

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Fly Over: ‘Anomaly’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

Posted  September 19, 2014

‘Anomaly’ Grammy Award winner Christian rapper Lecrae Moore, known by fans as Lecrae, released his newest album, “Anomaly,” which debuted as No. 1 in the iTunes charts. Lecrae entered the Christian rap scene in 2004 with his first studio album “Real Talk.” The album turned off many in the Christian community because of its direct…

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Canyon Lake Cruising

Posted  September 19, 2014

Canyon Lake is nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains and is the home of the Dolly Steamboat. Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of the cavernous lake.

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Women’s support group to end domestic violence

Posted  September 19, 2014

Courtesy photo It can start unexpectedly maybe with a few harsh words that escalate into throwing an object or being physically hurt or hurting someone in the heat of the moment. To prevent and treat domestic violence for women, the 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy program has a support group called the Women’s Emotions…

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