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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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People First – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 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. SecAF relates…

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‘Children’s Museum of Phoenix’ Act like a kid

Posted  May 16, 2014

I’m not really one for the artsy crafty museums of the big cities, so when my wife told me she wanted to go to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, I was not excited. But there was a redeeming thought, “Since it’s a children’s museum, it can’t be too boring.”

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Exchange Patriot Family Pet Contest is cat’s meow

Posted  May 16, 2014

A bird in the hand may be worth two in the bush, but the latest Luke Air Force Base Exchange Patriot Family Pet Contest is focused on all manner of furry and feathered friends. The exchange will reward $250 in gift cards to four lucky pet owners. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday shoppers…

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This week in history

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle Talon sits on the Luke Air Force Base flightline in 1988. 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and LANTIRN Two related events occurred at Luke Air Force Base 25 years ago this week. The 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron received its first McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft on May 15,…

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Luke hosts training for paralympians

Posted  May 16, 2014

The Desert Challenge Disabled Sports Games for 2014 took place May 10 at Red Mountain High School in Mesa. Disabled veterans and active-duty service members competed this weekend to qualify in their respective events.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 16, 2014

Leaving the military for civilian life can sometimes deal a financial blow to the unprepared. If you’ve contributed to the Thrift Savings Plan, cashing out early – before age 59 1/2 – won’t just rob you of the money you’ll need for retirement. You will also have to pay taxes on the withdrawals, and typically…

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Justice Report

Posted  May 16, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for April: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • An airman received an Article 15 for damaging government property valued at more than $500. The member received forfeiture of $250 pay per month for two months, 14 days restriction and a reprimand….

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Street Beat

Posted  May 16, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 6 through 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 1113 parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses May 7: Security…

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Fly Over: ‘American Horror Story – Season One’, and ‘Childish Gambino presents: Because the Internet’

Posted  May 16, 2014

On FX and Netflix: American Horror Story – Season One American Horror Story, created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, is considered an anthology series featured on the FX channel. The series features Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe and Zachary Quinto, just to name a few. As the series expands beyond the first season,…

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Are you ready for Arizona’s Summer Heat?

Posted  May 16, 2014

Heat killed 139 people in Arizona in 2013. The best way to reduce that number is to be prepared. A new report, “The Trend in Morbidity and Mortality from Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat in Arizona,” shows heat is linked to an average of 118 deaths every year since 2000. It also shows that men…

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