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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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Air Force

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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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 13, 2014

Courtesy photo Albert Ernest Clifford Young “I like to finish what I start doing. I like to see it through to the end, to the best of my ability.” ~ Albert Ernest Clifford Young Until April 1983 Cliff Young was known primarily as a potato farmer from rural Australia. But at age 61, Cliff, who’d…

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Pull aside, stay alive, message for drivers

Posted  June 13, 2014

That’s the familiar message to drivers from the Arizona Department of Transportation as another summer monsoon approaches. For the third year, ADOT continues its efforts to educate drivers about the threat of dust storms as the monsoon officially begins Sunday. ADOT shows motorists the real meaning of “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” with new television and…

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Fly Over: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ or ‘Mario Brothers’?

Posted  June 13, 2014

On Netflix: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ vs. ‘Mario Brothers’ “The Legend of Zelda” is an action adventure game series first introduced Feb. 21, 1986. It features a mixture of action, adventure and puzzle gameplay. It was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, Takeshi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma, developed and published by Nintendo. The story and game center…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  June 13, 2014

Defense Finance and Accounting Services reports to commercial credit bureaus when Defense Department members become delinquent on an account. Accounts with no payments within 30 days are considered delinquent and reported to the credit bureaus as “collection account” on the consumer credit report. The debt will remain as a collection account and monthly account activity…

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Sky Harbor Copperheads provide for F-16’s global reach, allow more training

Posted  June 13, 2014

As a multipurpose fighter, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is a vital piece of air power for the United States and its allied nations, with its mere presence deterring enemy action, and capable of unleashing fury in and from the skies when needed.

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Sports Shorts – June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Ivan Ballinas, 56th Operations Support Squadron softball team player, sprints for first base June 3 after hitting the ball at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The 56th OSS defeated the 56th Force Support Squadron 25-19 in an intramural softball game. OSS tops FSS in softball action…

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Pilots take plunge for survival

Posted  June 6, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Maj. Brendan Shannon, 309th Fighter Squadron director of operations, follows a parachute seam May 28 at Luke Air Force Base during annual Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. If a parachute lands on top of the pilot during a water landing, following the parachute seam will guide the pilot from beneath the…

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Are you up for the challenge?

Posted  June 6, 2014

We in the Air Force are facing challenging times as both individuals and organizations. We are in the middle of several force shaping efforts to trim nearly 25,000 Airmen from our ranks. I want to look at the trials facing many squadrons, groups and wings across the Air Force. Initially, these organizations were tasked with…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted  June 6, 2014

As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity in every aspect of life. The…

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Spikes, Ducks get ‘Lightning’ thought

Posted  June 6, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Tomekia Lamb, 62nd Fighter Squadron aviation resource management, checks pilot flight and training records May 28 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS will become the second F-35 training squadron at Luke. The Wild Ducks relinquished command, the Spikes are to become Wild Ducks, then the Spikes are coming…

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