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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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Mental health-seeking campaign rolls out

Posted  August 1, 2014

During war, battles are fought, faith is kept and we stand side by side to obtain victory, but the mental battle that can ensue after coming home can affect everyone, especially those closest to the person.

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Dental lab techs keep Airmen mission-ready

Posted  August 1, 2014

When one thinks of the 56th Dental Squadron one may think of dental assistants and dentists cleaning and performing fillings on teeth, but there is a section that is integral to the protection and health of many active-duty personnel’s teeth.

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  August 1, 2014

Courtesy photo Winston Churchill “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill Knowing when to speak and when to be silent is a challenging part of our lives. We have to be able to parse out the situation; we…

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Fly Over: ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘La Bamba’

Posted  August 1, 2014

‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ vs ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” features the wonderful Roddy McDowall reprising his role as Caesar/ Cornelius in the fifth and final chapter of the Planet of the Apes Saga. Ten years have passed since the apes, led by…

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Luke kids ‘Paws’ for balloon art fun

Posted  August 1, 2014

Children enact the “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” July 23 on Luke Air Force Base. The Paws For Reading summer reading program took place at the Luke AFB Library encouraging children to read more.   Arizona Rick uses an air blower to simulate the big bad wolf huffing and puffing during story…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 1, 2014

One hundred and five years ago, the U.S. Army tested and accepted its first heavier-than-air aircraft, Signal Corps Airplane No. 1.

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Summer car care tips keep car running, looking good

Posted  August 1, 2014

As the red mercury in thermometers continues to rise, many of the objects we use in our everyday lives take a beating from the weather shift in Phoenix.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  August 1, 2014

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. In August, all Airmen having a social security number with the last two digits between 81 and 90 are required to revalidate. Revalidation requires each Airman to…

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Street Beat

Posted  August 1, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents at Luke Air Force Base July 21 through 27: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 22: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at the South Gate Visitor’s Center parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency…

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Sports Shorts – August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 2014

Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron playing on the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies team, backs down a defender during an intramural basketball game against 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron July 21 at Luke Air Force Base. FWSA won the game in overtime 72-69. FWSA edges out LRS in overtime battle Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public…

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