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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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Home-schoolers get healthy at expo

Posted  February 22, 2013

A home-school student jumps before being tagged during a game of “duck, duck, goose” at the 56th Force Support Squadron Health and Wellness Center. Students visited Luke Air Force Base with the African American Heritage Committee to learn about fitness and get ideas on fun games, workouts they can do by themselves and eating healthy….

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted  February 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not…

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Justice Report – January 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions for January: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s An airman first class received an Article 15 for dereliction of duty, underage drinking. The member received a reduction to E-2, suspended forfeiture of $849 pay per month for two months, 15 days extra duty and a reprimand….

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People First – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

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. AF implements…

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Exchange offers pricing parity

Posted  February 22, 2013

Whether service members are here at Luke Air Force Base, on temporary duty or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 22, 2013

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to the shoppette. There were no injuries. Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a hit and run…

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Air Force News – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Welsh: Sequestration will ‘undermine’ readiness Unprecedented budget factors have placed the nation’s defense strategy in jeopardy, senior Defense Department leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 12. During his opening remarks, the chief of staff of the Air Force stressed the severity of the current fiscal situation. “Sequestration threatens to carve crucial capability from…

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Open season at exchange

Posted  February 22, 2013

Outdoor enthusiasts have a new option when gearing up for the hunt as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service cuts the ribbon on a counter dedicated exclusively to firearms and ammunition. While the exchange is focused on saving Airmen time and money when shopping for rifles, holsters and other gun accessories, this new assortment…

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Viking challenge back for third time

Posted  February 22, 2013

The Logistics Officers Association Viking Challenge is a 10-hour, 10-person team, one-mile continuous relay marathon held annually as a fundraiser benefiting the LOA Enlisted Scholarship Fund on Luke Air Force Base. This is the third annual event here at Luke, and last year’s event raised $7,500 in scholarship money given to local Airmen. The goal…

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Black and White Ball

Posted  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski, 56th Communications Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Timothy Farr, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, chat during cocktail hour of the Black and White Ball Saturday at Luke Air Force Base. The ball, themed “At the crossroads of freedom…

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