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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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Street Beat

Posted  June 27, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 16 through 22: Tickets Security forces issues citations for 16 moving and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents June 17: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object near Bldg. 909. There were no injuries….

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Sports Shorts – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

Christopher Brown, 56th Operation Support Squadron, prepares to return the serve during a game with 56th Force Support Squadron June 16 at Luke Air Force Base. OSS won two out of three games to win the match. OSS defeats FSS in 3-game volleyball match Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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Heat illness summer threat to uninitiated

Posted  June 20, 2014

For Airmen living on Luke Air Force Base, being told that “the summer is hot here” is akin to being told “the water is wet.” It’s a no-brainer. But ask these same Airmen what injuries can come from the summer heat and many of them may shrug or give the “deer in the headlights” stare….

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Luke 1 bids farewell to Thunderbolts

Posted  June 20, 2014

As I look back on the past 20 months as commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, I’m humbled by everything that this team has accomplished. I’d like to highlight a few of those successes and milestones, but first I want to start off with a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Team Luke for your…

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Listening: Required for great leaders

Posted  June 20, 2014

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and you may get a different answer every time. When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important quality of all is their ability…

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Airman defeats high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight with healthy living

Posted  June 20, 2014

Courtesy photos Before: Senior Master Sgt. Dave DeRemer, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs superintendent, is seen in 2007 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before deciding to live a healthier lifestyle. After: DeRemer is seen in August 2013 at the Midwest Evolution Bodybuilding Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, where he won the men’s physique championship…

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News Briefs June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

56th FW change of command Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will relinquish command to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus at 7:56 a.m. today in Hangar 431. Relinqish/assume command Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann will relinquish command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at 8:30 a.m. July 2 in Hangar 913. At the same time Maj….

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 20, 2014

Staff Sgt. Robert Evan McClanahan 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Firefighter crew chief Hometown: Bartlett, Texas Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Meghan; and daughter, Maeve Annie, 5 months Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida; Enrique Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; and Ramstein AB,…

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A grand exit …

Posted  June 20, 2014

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew his final flight at Luke Air Force Base Wednesday in an F-16 Fighting Falcon. He relinquishes command today to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus. Rothstein has been selected for an assignment commanding U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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Taking Fido when PCSing abroad means planning

Posted  June 20, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Dr. J.M. Kiel, Luke Air Force Base Veterinary Services veterinarian, and Hunter Davidson, 56th Medical Support Squadron magnetic resonance imaging technician, position Oersoes, Ajo Border Patrol Station working dog June 10 before putting him through the Siemens MRI machine. Oersoes and another working dog, Goliet, were sedated prior to going through…

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