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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 5, 2014

Eyes front! According to The Military Dictionary of 1853, this is, “a word of command given after the dressing in line is completed, on which the Soldier is to look directly forward.” I want to encourage us to carry out this command in our daily lives. The Apostle Paul summarized his goal in life as…

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Price matching saves Luke Exchange shoppers thousands

Posted  September 5, 2014

Whether shopping in stores or online, Airmen, retirees and their families get the lowest price at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. In fact, Luke shoppers who price matched in 2013 at the Exchange saved $120,835. At brick-and-mortar locations, price differences of $10 or less are matched on the spot — no ad required. For…

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ALS students Get “med” schooled

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airman Daniel Kim, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, and Senior Airman Sean Caudill, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron jet engine mechanic, balance on a BOSU ball Aug. 26 in physical therapy at Luke Air Force Base. The BOSU ball helps strengthen abdominal muscles. The 56th Medical Operations Squadron is the current sponsor…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 5, 2014

Military members cannot carry more than 75 days of leave into the new fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. Leave in excess of 75 days will be lost, unless the special leave accrual rules in Chapter 10 of AFI 36-3003 apply. Defense Finance and Accounting Service may automatically carry forward up to 60 days when…

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Fly Over: ‘Kingdom Hearts’ and ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

Posted  September 5, 2014

‘Kingdom Hearts’ “Kingdom Hearts” was released in 2002 for the Play Station 2 gaming console. The game introduces the main character, Sora, who travels from various worlds to unlock the keyholes of each and to stop the Heartless from leading the universe into darkness. Sora, along with his friends Riku and Kairi, dream of leaving…

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7th annual triathlon: T-Bolts swim, ride, run

Posted  September 5, 2014

Luke Air Force Base held its seventh annual fall triathlon with 59 participants competing for the win.

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Street Beat

Posted  September 5, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 25 to Sept. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 22 moving and five nonmoving violations. Nonemergency responses Aug. 25: Security forces responded to a report of a gas leak caused by contractors striking a gas line in Bldg. 1118. The area was cordoned off and…

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Sports Shorts – September 5, 2014

Posted  September 5, 2014

Michael Thibodeaux, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron teammate, runs within a few feet of the goal line Aug. 22 at the Luke Air Force Base football field in their first match this season with 56th Component Maintenance Squadron. EMS routs CMS in flag football Story and photo by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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Luke 1 holds first commander’s call

Posted  August 29, 2014

Courtesy Photo Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, begins his first commander’s call at Luke Air Force Base Monday. Pleus took command of the fighter wing June 20. Brig. Gen Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, held his first commander’s call Monday at the Luke Air Force Base theater. The day was divided…

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Balance, key to successful AF life

Posted  August 29, 2014

I believe proper balance is the key to a successful life in the Air Force. Over the years I’ve come to realize that it takes a concentrated effort to maintain balance between a professional life as an Air Force member and personal or family life. Both require constant learning, adjustments, development and attention. It’s easy…

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