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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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First generation Marine has passion for sport

Posted  August 15, 2014

Courtesy photo Cpl. Mauricio Sandoval, Bulk Fuel Company Charlie NCO in charge of administration, holds his daughter, Yaretzy, 1. When military personnel take the oath to serve their country, they enlist to serve a purpose greater than themselves. The military life is a selfless journey, but there are times one must make room in the…

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Entomology: Keeping food, base pest free

Posted  August 15, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Stephen Beeson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, sprays pesticide around the perimeter of the entomology building Aug. 8. Entomologist perform a variety of duties to help fight pests, including performing public health inspections, controlling the weed population and assisting the Bird Abatement Strike Hazard program. Entomology Airmen…

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Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

Posted  August 15, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Gen Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer held an all-call Aug. 5 on Luke Air Force Base. The general spoke to Thunderbolts about the F-35 program and priorities. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, visited Luke Air Force Base and held an all-call to brief…

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Safe children No. 1 priority

Posted  August 15, 2014

Keeping our children safe is the number one priority for parents, and with all the news involving school violence, how can parents feel more relaxed about dropping their children off at a place that is supposed to be secure and safe? According to the National Safety Council an estimated 200,000 children visit a hospital emergency…

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Air Force News – August 15, 2014

Posted  August 15, 2014

Florida The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies’ successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite, which was built for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited to serve Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Guatemala Airmen from the Arkansas Air National Guard are working alongside their Guatemalan air force counterparts as…

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People First – August 15, 2014

Posted  August 15, 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, click on the link in the title of each story. Job performance now big factor…

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Street Beat

Posted  August 15, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 4 through 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 15 moving violations and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Security forces responded to a minor two-vehicle accident north of the Bong Lane and Mustang Street intersection. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses Security forces responded to…

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This week in history

Posted  August 15, 2014

Courtesy photo Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke, 56th Fighter Group commander, and Lt. Col. David “Dave” Schilling, 56th FG executive officer, walk together. Zemke ended World War II as a POW with 17.75 aerial victories. Schilling ended the war as the 56th Fighter Group commander with 22.5 aerial victories. Aug. 12 1944: 56th Fighter Group changes…

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Singaporeans celebrate peace, prosperity on national day

Posted  August 15, 2014

The 425th Fighter Squadron celebrated the National Day of Singapore Aug. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The annual celebration is held in August to commemorate Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965.

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Changing your communication default settings

Posted  August 15, 2014

In today’s high tech world, it’s easy to become entrenched in the communication tools that are designed to make our lives simpler and more organized. Ironically, the technology that was created to increase our efficiency has a tendency to detract from our communication within an organization. When we unconsciously set our default communication settings to…

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