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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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Fly Over: ‘The Host’, ‘Super 8’

Posted  March 1, 2013

In theaters: In bookstores…. ‘The Host’ Alien parasites take over human race I know what you are all thinking … not another story by Stephanie Meyer where a girl crushes on a vampire, a werewolf crushes on the same girl and the girl chooses the vampire in the end. I promise this book has no…

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Street Beat – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Kiowa Street and Lalomai Street. There were no injuries. Feb. 21:…

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New chiefs shine brightly

Posted  March 1, 2013

Luke’s newest chief master sergeants are recognized by attendees of the Chief Recognition Ceremony.

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Be worthy of admiration – act like a superhero

Posted  March 1, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime. Everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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TRICARE service center changes

Posted  March 1, 2013

“There is nothing permanent except change,” are words credited to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. In the coming months members can expect to see some changes in the administration of health benefits locally. One change has been UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans moving Feb. 19 into the 56th Medical Group TRICARE service center. This was the first…

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Vet clinic serves base members

Posted  March 1, 2013

One of Luke Air Force Base’s best kept secrets is that it offers vet services for pets of active-duty members and retirees.

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People First – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 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. Registration for…

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Air Force News – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

DOD implements secure program for mobile devices WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is rolling out a program that will allow users of a range of mobile devices — working anywhere from remote battlefields to the Pentagon to rapidly share classified and protected data across all components. More than 600,000 DOD employees, from soldiers on the…

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Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted  March 1, 2013

Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping, breathing and temperature regulation. As well…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 1, 2013

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI How do our moral and ethical values today compare to those just a decade ago? Why have our “internal deserts” become so vast? Why is there a spiritual crisis in our nation? Whatever the reasons…

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