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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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Fly Over: ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Mortal Kombat X’

Posted  May 1, 2015

On Netflix ‘Daredevil’ Add another hit series from the good people at Netflix. “Daredevil” joins the growing roster of original programming from the movie streaming service, including “House of Cards,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Knights of Sidonia” and “Marco Polo.” Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a lawyer working and living in Hell’s Kitchen, New…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  May 1, 2015

Confessions of a nonCatholic chaplain: Why I love attending mass Last Sunday I had the privilege of attending Mass at Fowler Park. Twice a year Luke’s Catholic parish holds an outdoor Mass. The service is followed by a fellowship meal, games, door prizes, the “whole nine yards” of ecclesiastical fun. It’s enjoyable on so many…

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Fitness assessment shows strength, speed, shape of things

Posted  May 1, 2015

Airmen watch as Staff Sgt. Earl Nelson, 56th FSS FAC augmentee, demonstrates proper form while doing a pushup. For the pushup portion of the fitness assessment, Airmen must keep their back straight and bend their elbows at 90 degrees before pushing back up to the starting position, along with other requirements. During a fitness assessment,…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 1, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 20 through 26: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 30 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 21: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at the Bldg. 1550 parking lot. Security forces relayed while conducting a routine traffic stop, a driver backed into…

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2015 softball season kicks off

Posted  May 1, 2015

Clear blue skies and fresh cut grass must mean one thing – softball season is here. Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center kicked off the intramural softball season Monday with the first matchup between the Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron and the 56th Security Forces Squadron. The season is two months long, and it…

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Sports Shorts – May 1, 2014

Posted  May 1, 2015

Summer jobs Luke Air force Base is looking for students that are certified lifeguards for the pool season, Memorial Day to Labor Day. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have a nationally recognized lifeguard certification, current CPR and first-aid training, automated external defibrillator training and water safety instructor certification. To apply for a position,…

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Luke conducts first F-35 training deployment

Posted  April 24, 2015

Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis prior to take off April 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Ten F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron were sent to Nellis for the first ever JSF training deployment. The Las Vegas skyline is in the background. The 56th…

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The gift of leadership

Posted  April 24, 2015

Gen. Mark Welsh III may have said it best, “Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.” As the people of this nation give their children up to serve in the armed forces we as leaders need to be ready to lead them as they are…

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Have faith in Air Force system

Posted  April 24, 2015

Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values — integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point home or steer a…

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Sidewinders fly missing-man formation

Posted  April 24, 2015

A missing-man formation flyover took place at the Air Force Academy Cemetery April 14, to honor a fallen Airman whose remains were repatriated and laid to rest. Pilots from the 311th Fighter Squadron of the 54th Fighter Group from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, flew it. Capt. Richard Chorlins, U.S. Air Force Academy class…

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