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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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This week in history

Posted  April 24, 2015

Courtesy photo Lockheed F-80c Shooting Star April 25, 1950: 56th FW begins conversion from F-80 to F-86 Sixty-five years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Wing began converting from the Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star to the North American F-86 Sabre. From Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan, the wing flew air defense missions, which helped defend…

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Exchange partners with Sears for savings on cleaning, home improvement, repairs

Posted  April 24, 2015

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming up with Sears to offer military shoppers in the United States special savings on cleaning, home improvement and repair services. Luke Air Force Base Exchange shoppers can now receive special offers on cleaning services including: • Carpets • Upholstery • Protector and deodorizer for carpet and…

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Viking Challenge – Not just a spin around the block

Posted  April 24, 2015

Tech. Sgt. John Reeves, 607th Air Control Squadron Charlie Flight NCO in charge, tags in Senior Airman DeAndre Holmes, 607th ACS ground radar journeyman, at the challenge. Each team has 10 members who can run as many laps as they want and then switch with another member.   Senior Master Sgt. LeRoy Ridgel, 56th LRS…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 24, 2015

Mercy and a Romanian MP Last year while deployed to a NATO base in Afghanistan, a Romanian military police officer stopped my chaplain assistant and me for passing a bus that had pulled off the road. He came to the window and said, “You can’t overtake bus. ID and vehicle papers, please.” Since I was…

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Fly Over: ‘R.I.P.D.’ and ‘Dark Souls II’

Posted  April 24, 2015

On Netflix ‘R.I.P.D.’ R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds (Det. Sgt. Nick Walker), Kevin Bacon (Det. Lt. Bobby Hayes), Jeff Bridges (Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher), Stephanie Szostak (Julia) and Mary-Louise Parker (R.I.P.D. Chief Mildred Proctor). Set in Boston, this movie features Nick and Bobby, two detectives who discover shards of gold during a drug raid and choose to…

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A new ‘Wolf’ … Col. Jeremy Sloane

Posted  April 24, 2015

An Air Force Academy cadet’s dream came true after graduation and earning his wings in 1996. The next stop was Luke Air Force Base where he successfully completed his F-16 Fighting Falcon Initial Qualification Course in 1997.

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F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Posted  April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Despite numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan updated members of the committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee on the F-35 program as part…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 24, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 13 through 19: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 15: Security forces responded to a warrant’s hit on a nonmilitary-affiliated civilian near the commissary parking lot for failure to appear on possession of marijuana by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s…

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Sports Shorts – April 24, 2014

Posted  April 24, 2015

CMS defeats SFS, advances to finals Savier Hernandez-Beltre, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron teammate, catches the ball April 13 during an intramural football game against the 56th Operations Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. CMS won 31-20, advancing them to the next round to play 56th Security Forces Squadron the same day. Story and photo…

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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Posted  April 17, 2015

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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