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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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LRS Airman finds passion in honor guard

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Master Sgt. Keith Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard NCO in charge, shows new guardsmen how to properly flare their hands June 4 during a firing party at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s primary mission is to provide military honors at funerals for veterans and retirees. Few Airmen are…

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Air Force Reserve announces major selects

Posted  June 13, 2014

The following captains were selected for promotion to major: 944th Fighter Wing Tobby Evans 69th Fighter Squadron Allyson Olson 944th Mission Support Group Sheila Kane 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Douglas Maxwell 924th Fighter Group Jessica Pisano 924th Maintenance Squadron Enrique Navarro

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LAFB water gets report card

Posted  June 13, 2014

The 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight released the Luke Air Force Base 2013 Annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality May 20. The Environmental Protection Agency requires this report be available to the consuming public. The CCR describes the presence of contaminants that may be in the drinking water and any health…

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Air Force News – June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

California The Air Force awarded a $914,699,474 contract to Lockheed Martin on June 2 to develop a system that will track objects in Earth’s orbit with far greater confidence and fidelity. The projected initial operational capability is fiscal year 2019. Germany This past Memorial Day, the 37th Air Squadron at Ramstein Air Base welcomed the…

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People First – June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

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. Quality Force…

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Aircrew flight equipment Airmen keep pilots on mission

Posted  June 13, 2014

The Airmen of Luke Air Force Base work tirelessly to ensure the safety of each mission launched from the base.

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Airman fitness includes social aspect

Posted  June 13, 2014

The word “social” can be defined as pertaining to, devoted to or characterized by friendly companionship or relations. “Fitness” is the condition of being physically in shape and healthy or the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task. Put the two together and “social fitness” can be defined as the ability…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 13, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 20 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a minor two-privately owned vehicle accident in the medical clinic parking lot. Security forces arrived on scene and facilitated information exchange. There…

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The Noah’s Ark of Wildlife Zoos

Posted  June 13, 2014

I have driven past signs off of Northern Avenue saying Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium but figured this place might be a little on the boring side. I mean, how many good exhibits could they have in the middle of a desert? The answer – a whole bunch! I walked through the East Entrance of…

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This week in history

Posted  June 13, 2014

Luke Airmen perform maintenance on an F-84 windscreen assembly. June 11, 1964: Last F-84 departs Luke The F-84 program ended at Luke Air Force Base 50 years ago this week after producing 6,930 graduates. The Republic F-84G Thunderjet brought Luke into the jet age on Feb. 1, 1951. Luke flew two versions of the F-84…

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