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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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Air Force

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….

Senior Airman James Hensley Health & Safety

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  August 15, 2014

Laughter and leadership I have an old high school buddy I keep tabs on through Facebook. I know, the cool kids are on Twitter, but read on anyway. We have this freedom to pick on each other in a variety of ways from our greying and/or balding heads, to old-man jokes, to the fact that…

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Fly Over: ‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’ and ‘Final Fantasy X’

Posted  August 15, 2014

‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’ Chipotle is a place of Americanized Mexican food where customers can get freshly made food within a reasonable amount of time and at a good price. Founded by Steve Ells in 1993, Chipotle began in Colorado and opened 16 locations with the help of investor, McDonald’s Corporation. By 2006, Chipotle had grown…

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Utah outdoors adventures: Camping at Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon

Posted  August 15, 2014

One day my friends came up with a great idea—camping....

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Sports Shorts – August 15, 2014

Posted  August 15, 2014

MDG defeats FWSA in intramural b-ball playoffs Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron, drives down the court during a playoff intramural basketball game against 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base. MDG won 42-30. Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies…

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AETC command chief mentors Luke Airmen

Posted  August 8, 2014

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Command Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command, speaks to Airman Leadership School students Aug. 1 in the ALS building at Luke Air Force Base. During his visit, Tapia also met with First Term Airman Center students, first sergeants and NCOs, and attended briefings. Command Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo…

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Intentional leaders make things happen

Posted  August 8, 2014

As I write this column I am within 48 hours of closing out my squadron command. Like most people who find themselves at the end of a long journey, I am retrospective about what I’ve learned. As such, I feel I have a unique perspective on command, more specifically on leadership. So I think it…

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Serve Airmen by knowing them

Posted  August 8, 2014

Knowing your Airmen is not a new concept in the Air Force. This concept has been mentioned in various professional development situations and throughout guidance from Air Force senior leadership for some time now. As with many processes and concepts this is easier said than done and takes significant commitment from the leader. In short…

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Luke civilian earns Air Force Marquez Award

Posted  August 8, 2014

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents David Moore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Armament Systems technician, with the 2013 Air Force Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award for Outstanding Munitions/Missile Maintenance Person, civilian technician category at Luke Air Force Base July 22. Moore, a prior enlistee, has more…

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News Briefs August 8, 2014

Posted  August 8, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 8, 2014

Military Expert 1 Ng Jun Jiang 425th Fighter Squadron Air Force Engineer/Engine Specialist Hometown: Singapore Years in service: Three Family: Mother, Lilian Goh Boh choo; father, NG Beng Ho; brother, Ng Jun Kai; and sister, Ng Xin Hui Education: Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, in mechatronics engineering Inspirations: I’m inspired to make my mother proud by acting…

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