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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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People First – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

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. National Parks free…

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Air Force News – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force conducts around clock ops to deliver storm relief Airmen and transport aircraft from across the nation converged at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Nov. 1 to begin part of the Air Force’s movement of relief supplies and equipment to the beleaguered areas of New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane…

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Street Beat – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 26 to Nov. 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and two non-moving violations. Traffic related incidents Oct. 31: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the BX parking lot. There were no injuries. Oct. 31: Security forces…

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Teaching children attitude of gratitude

Posted  November 9, 2012

Some parents may reach out this time of year to teach their children to be thankful knowing that being thankful is a year-round activity. But, Thanksgiving is a good time to kick-off a time for learning and practicing thankfulness that will last beyond the holiday season. To improve an attitude of gratitude: Give a thankful…

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Exchange to open at 4 a.m. on ‘Black Friday’

Posted  November 9, 2012

Military shoppers can come early and gobble up the savings as the Luke AFB Exchange will open its doors 4 a.m. Nov. 23 for “Black Friday” sales. “From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving,” said Pete Alaniz, Base Exchange general manager. “The day after is the unofficial holiday season for many exchange shoppers. The deals…

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Renters’ rights spelled out in tenant act

Posted  November 9, 2012

When entering and exiting a lease, it is important to know what tenants’ rights are in Arizona, especially when it comes to security deposits. According to the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, a landlord cannot demand or receive a security deposit in excess of one and a half months’ rent unless the tenant agrees…

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Library perks up offerings

Posted  November 9, 2012

There are plenty of changes happening at the Luke Air Force Base Library. Part of the library’s Main Reading Room was recently modified to make room for a “Laptop Lounge” complete with comfortable chairs, study tables, vending machines and, of course, Wi-Fi. Members can study, relax or make use of the multiple media the library…

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Back from the depths: Court martial, jail time, return to duty – What I learned through it all

Posted  November 9, 2012

When the military judge told my defense counsel and me to stand for the announcement of my sentence, my heart stopped, and my stomach sank. I thought about my son, my brothers and my fellow Airmen. I hoped and prayed that my 18 years of service were not about to end. And I felt sadness…

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Airman receives medal

Posted  November 9, 2012

  Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents Staff Sgt. Benjamin Lemus, 56th Medical Group optometry technician, with an Achievement Medal Nov. 2 at Luke Air Force Base. During the 2012 Men’s Health Expo, Lemus’ observations and early surgical intervention recommended for a patient helped save the patient’s vision. This was Rothstein’s first…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

 Senior Airman Grant Shoemaker 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew chief Hometown: Seattle Years in service: Four Family: Father, John; mother, Heidi; and brother, Kurt Previous assignments: Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: To be the best I can be Goals: Be successful, rich, travel the world and complete a crazy bucket list with a friend,…

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