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Maj. Patrick Finkbone, 56th MDOS orthopedic surgeon, examines the mobility in a patient’s arm Oct. 19, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base. Finkbone is one of three serving orthopedic surgeons at the clinic on Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan) Mending Bones
In the course of the military lifestyle, through rigorous physical training, heavy stress on bones and muscles, and fast-paced movements with the force of strength to back them, injuries occur. Bones break and ligaments tear, and for some Airmen at Luke, this is a reality that occurs despite the finest safety measures and education. Fortunately,
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Christopher Culley, Rockwell Collins customer support specialst, fits and issues an F-35 Lightning ll Generation lll Helmet Mounted Display System at the Pilot Fit Facility at  Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 16, 2015. The new system includes a number of upgrades, including improved night vision, optics and liquid-crystal displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan) Luke issues first Generation lll helmet
The world's most advanced aircraft is getting a new helmet to match.Luke Air Force Base issued its first Generation III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System to Norwegian Air Force Maj. Morten Hanche, 62nd Fighter Squadron training pilot Oct. 16, 2015.The new system, built and issued by Rockwell Collins at the Pilot Fit Facility, includes a number of
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Senior Airman Erik Smith, left, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit lead crew member, demonstrates weapons load procedures to Staff sgt. Kyle Lomonaco, 61st AMU weapons load team chief, on a dummy bomb Aug. 28. Luke Air Force Base’s F-35 Lightning II weapons load training program uses a number of props, including a live F-35 fighter jet, in order to train load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan) Luke conducts first F-35 load training
Airmen from the 56th Maintenance Group performed simulated weapons loading procedures on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter for the first time Aug. 28 at Luke Air Force Base.The F-35 weapons load training is designed to teach and enhance knowledge of preparation, operation, and safety to weapons load crew and maintenance members who will
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Staff Sgt. Ashley Byers, 56th Force Support Squadron NCO in charge commanders support staff, sits at her desk at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 16, 2015. Byers assists the 56th FSS commander in their objectives on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley) Byers: from pharmacist to Airman
Some of the reasons people join the Air Force are education benefits and job security. Many Airmen had jobs prior to joining."Prior to joining, I was a pharmacy technician back when it didn't require formal education," said Staff Sgt. Ashley Byers, 56th Force Support Squadron commander's support staff NCO in charge. "When the requirement changed I
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Staff Sgt. Michael Garrison and Staff Sgt. Ryan Stanley, 56th CES team leaders, prepare to approach an IED. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan) EOD sharpens skills
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base and other Air Force units around the region participated in the third annual EOD combat predeployment training exercise dubbed "Operation Enduring Training" from Sept. 3 through 7 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Gila Bend south west of Luke.The
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The first class of Norwegian and Italian F-35 pilot instructors began training at Luke Air Force Base, Sept. 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan) Luke begins training for first class of Norwegian, Italian F-35 pilots
The first class of future F-35 piloting instructors from Norway and Italy began their training Sept. 21 here at Luke.The pilots, from countries partnered with the United States in the procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will learn how to operate the advanced aircraft under the instruction of American pilots from the 56th Training
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Maj. Joseph Freshour, Marine Corps pilot, is the first Marine aviator selected for the F-35 Air Force Exchange in Operational Test here at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. Freshour will be part of the 61st Fighter Squadron for three and a half months at which point he will head to Nellis AFB, Nevada, to continue training with the F-35 for another two and a half years. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams) Marines, Air Force on exchange program
Since 1941, Luke has graduated more than 61,000 pilots and continues to graduate fighter pilots. From flying missions to deployments, military branches work as a team to keep the world safe. The U.S. Marines and the Air Force are participating together in the Joint Service Pilot Exchange Program where a Marine pilot is being trained in the F-35
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Senior Airman Kayleigh Lybbert, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, administers a flu shot October 9, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base.The 56th MDOS is fighting against the spread of the flu this season with a series of vaccination drives. Vaccinations are the most important part of the 56th MDOS’s efforts to prevent the spread of the flu this season. Flu season in full swing - get vaccinated
Cooler weather and browning leaves harken the onset of autumn, but so too does a runny nose and sore throat.Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, typically between the months of October and May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."The flu is most often spread by coughing,
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Mark Pierrelouis, AAFES wide receiver, catches the ball for a touchdown during an intramural flag football game against the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2015. AAFES defeated CMS 40-34. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams) AAFES defeats CMS
The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron team and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services team stepped on the field Oct. 8 for an intramural football match at Luke Air Force Base. AAFES defeated the 56th CMS 40-34.CMS came in the game undefeated and was on a mission to keep the streak alive. The match began with CMS scoring the first touchdown
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Airman 1st Class Michael Miller, 944th Fighter Wing (awaiting info), inspects hydraulic landing gear components during a phase inspection on an F-16 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 9, 2015. A phase inspection occurs every 300 hours on an F-16 to get more in depth and search for any discrepancies. This continues the aircraft’s longevity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)  Total Force Integration active at Luke
Although the Active and Reserve component Air Force are operationally indistinguishable, only by continuing to leverage the unique contributions of each component can we achieve the strategic agility necessary to realize the Air Force we need.Part of the total force integration at Luke is including more than 200 944th Fighter Wing reservists to
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