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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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Leaving comfort zone deals with doldrums

Posted  December 14, 2012

Do you feel stagnant in your job and don’t know what to do, or do you just have that fear of something new? You will never know how things will turn out until you make that move and take a step. We tend to not want to venture beyond our comfort zone; however, if we…

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Knowing ‘why’ powerful motivator

Posted  December 14, 2012

Recently I’ve been making my way through a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek who believes absolutely in the motivating power of the people you lead knowing the why of what they’re asked to do. Although this book and the majority of the analogies within are business centric, the message they convey can…

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Civilian police enter new territory at Luke

Posted  December 14, 2012

A civilian police officer running a police station is a common occurrence across Arizona, but civilian police running a military “police station” is something new. The 56th Security Forces Squadron is trying “something new” by having three Department of the Air Force Police Officers, officers Phillip Mulherin, Rolando Gonzalez and Randolph Miller, serving as flight…

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Sports Shorts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Women’s Varsity Basketball team poses for a photo after winning the PacWest Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. The team defeated Davis-Monthan in the championship game. Lady ’Bolts take Vegas by storm With a new coaching staff leading the way, the Luke Air Force Base Varsity Women’s Basketball team has made…

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In Brief – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

No Thunderbolt for two weeks The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 28 or Jan. 4, 2013. Look for the 2012 Year In Review edition Jan. 11, 2013. For more information, call (623) 856-7996. Annual wing warrior run The 2.2-mile 3rd annual wing warrior run will take place at 7 a.m. Jan. 2 at the north…

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Chill out, not stress out during holidays

Posted  December 21, 2012

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet for many, it’s anything but. “If the holidays have you overwhelmed, you are not alone,” said Kristin Musch, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health educator. “Expectations are high, to-do lists are long and the budget tight, which can result in sadness, anger, frustration and…

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Street Beat – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 7 through 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 9: Security forces and firefighters assisted Glendale police with an off-base vehicle accident. Dec. 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at…

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All I want for Christmas … Daddy!

Posted  December 21, 2012

Sometimes, not every member of the family can be home, and when a family member is deployed it can change how a family spends the holiday season.

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Justice Report – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions at Luke Air Force Base for October and November. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A technical sergeant was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice and one specification of Article 134, wrongful distribution…

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Winter games last chance to win commander’s cup

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Winter Games were the final fitness center organized sporting event of the year for squadrons to receive points to increase their chances of taking home the commander’s cup....

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