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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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Live fire training

Posted  November 30, 2012

  The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters drive the P-23 apparatus fire truck to use large quantities of water on the simulated burning aircraft during the fire training exercise Oct. 30 at the Luke Air Force Base fire training grounds. The P-23 apparatus put out the fire from 175 feet away.   The 56th Civil…

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Fly Over: ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2’

Posted  November 30, 2012

In Theaters: ‘Cloud Atlas’ I haven’t read David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas.” However, from what I’ve heard it wouldn’t have left me any less dumbfounded than I felt after watching the film adaptation. Directors the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) or rather siblings Lana and Andy teamed up with Tom Tykwer and tried mightily to…

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56th Civil Engineer Squadron bivouac training

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron embarked on a journey Nov. 7 and 8 to Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona to participate in bivouac training, preparing them for real deployments.

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Chaplain thoughts – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

“Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” ~ William Feather Are you an optimist or a pessimist? I hope and pray you are an optimist … and a planner as well. Rainy days will certainly come (maybe you’re even having one now, maybe it even feels like…

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Diet, exercise takes diabetic to living medication-free

Posted  November 30, 2012

George Varrato, real estate agent specializing in military home loans and sales, has helped service members for years with real estate needs. Four months ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Varrato said diabetes runs in his family. His mother and sister both had it, so he believed he could develop it as well….

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Base tax center seeks volunteers for 2013 tax season

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Tax Center will open its doors to file returns for the Luke Air Force Base community Jan. 14, 2013. Last year, the tax center filed more than 1,800 federal and state returns, saving the Luke community over $300,000. To offer this service once again, the tax center requires the support…

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People First – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 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. Woof! “Major”…

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Air Force News – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first…

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Street Beat – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 9 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 15 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 545. There were no injuries. Nov. 19: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at…

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New info out on requesting Citibank credit balance refunds

Posted  November 30, 2012

With GTC and CSA accounts merged back under the GTC program, requesting an eligible credit balance refund from Citibank when an account has been overpaid requires several things to think about. Remember … split disbursement is no longer required for 100 percent of travel voucher reimbursement. A traveler should calculate expenses charged to the GTC…

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