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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: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  October 26, 2012

In stores: ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by Christine Tuler John Green’s novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” jumps briefly into the life of 16-year-old Hazel Green, a girl living with terminal cancer. Surprisingly, the main focus of the novel isn’t Hazel’s fight to live as she knows with 100 percent certainty that the cancer…

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Houser sings down house

Posted  October 26, 2012

Staff Sgt. Sasha Houser, 56th Force Support Squadron installation personnel readiness assistant NCO-in-charge, performs the national anthem Sept. 12 at the 56th Fighter Wing change-of-command ceremony. Houser has sung at many events, but her favorite to perform at is retirements. Singing the national anthem to a small crowd at a retirement ceremony is one thing…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  October 26, 2012

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK Staff Sgt. Miguel Hurtado 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: San Diego Years in Service: Six Family: Wife, Bryna and dog, Jake Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at American Military University in information systems security Previous assignments: Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Mont. Inspiration: Faith, family and friends Goals:…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli Veteran’s Day is not that far off, and I want to take the opportunity these next few weeks to focus on “heroes.” Many would debate what defines a hero. Certainly we can agree that…

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Street Beat – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 897. There were no injuries. Oct. 16: Security forces responded to a…

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SFS rucks to defeat disease

Posted  October 26, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts walk in honor of retired 56th Security Forces Squadron Master Sgt. Evelyn Proctor at the Walk to Defeat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease Saturday in Scottsdale. The Thunderbolts raised a total of $2,823.12 for the cause and “rucked” the 3-mile walk. To show support for one…

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PD: Money maker

Posted  October 26, 2012

For many, money is a powerful motivator. One tool to get more change in your pocket can be found in a not-so-obvious place — professional development. Before dismissing the idea, just give this a quick read and you’ll see how it doesn’t take a giant leap to get from A to Z. Professional development is…

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Air Force adopts mascot in war against waste campaign

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Air Force has a new mascot to help its recycling awareness campaign and fight against solid waste. CHUCK-IT, the recycling mascot, targets children ages 5 to12 and is the latest addition to the “Win the War Against Waste” tool kit — an outreach campaign developed to support the Air Force’s worldwide environmental objectives for…

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What you give, not what you got main thing

Posted  October 26, 2012

It’s no secret that I love big hair bands from the ’80s and early ’90s. My favorite movie line is from Joe Dirt. “I’m a rocker, dude, through and through. Here’s my favorite bands; AC/DC, Van Halen (not Van Hagar), Skynyrd, Def Lep.” I’m pretty sure I should have been a rock star in another…

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Airmen from Hill AFB pack, crate F-16

Posted  October 26, 2012

Boxing and shipping F-16s is not a typical occurrence at Luke Air Force Base, but that’s exactly what a group of Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, came here to do.

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