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Ramping up …

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.

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Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship program. The yearlong program to train in intensive, trauma and emergency care ended Aug. 7. Nurses…

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First generation Marine has passion for sport

Courtesy photo Cpl. Mauricio Sandoval, Bulk Fuel Company Charlie NCO in charge of administration, holds his daughter, Yaretzy, 1. When military personnel take the oath to serve their country, they enlist to serve a purpose greater than themselves. The military life is a selfless journey, but there are times one must make room in the…

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Entomology: Keeping food, base pest free

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Stephen Beeson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, sprays pesticide around the perimeter of the entomology building Aug. 8. Entomologist perform a variety of duties to help fight pests, including performing public health inspections, controlling the weed population and assisting the Bird Abatement Strike Hazard program. Entomology Airmen…

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Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Gen Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer held an all-call Aug. 5 on Luke Air Force Base. The general spoke to Thunderbolts about the F-35 program and priorities. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, visited Luke Air Force Base and held an all-call to brief…


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Duck pilots share stories with WWII vet

Posted  August 23, 2013

Courtesy photo 1st Lts. Brian Herring and Joshua Rosecrans, 309th Fighter Squadron student pilots, pose for a photo with Albert Winston, World War II pilot, Aug. 3 at his home in Peoria. The pilots visited and shared stories with Winston in celebration of his 90th birthday. It was a day to remember for Albert Winston,…

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What’s in a name? Power, pride, identity

Posted  August 23, 2013

Was Shakespeare mistaken when he wrote the above words for Juliet to speak? Studies have shown there is preference in a name. Attractive or popular names affect our attitudes and expectations about their owners. It may also lead to high self-esteem and high self-esteem yields achievement motivation. People can be partial to their alma mater,…

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Fitness Air Force way of life – live it!

Posted  August 23, 2013

Physical fitness has become a huge part of the Air Force way of life. The Air Force has taken it so seriously that four failed fitness assessments in a 24-month period will force the commander to recommend discharge or retention of an Airman. It has become increasingly difficult to retain an Airman who continues to…

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Bartenders get bystander intervention training

Posted  August 23, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Mibong Dewhurst, left, Club Five Six bartender, observes three role players acting out a sexual harassment scenario Aug. 14 at Club Five Six. The bartenders at Club Five Six received bystander intervention training in an effort to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen from the 56th…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 23, 2013

Senior Airman Jeanette Backhaus 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory Journeyman Hometown: Las Vegas Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Dustin and daughter, Sasha Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: Jane Goodall Goals: Obtain a medical laboratory technician certification; become an officer Greatest feat: Scoring 92.3 on the physical training…

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Med group rewards physical fitness

Posted  August 23, 2013

Just as other groups on Luke Air Force Base have their own competitions, like the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Month award, the 56th Medical Group has created a Commander’s Cup to help raise fitness awareness amongst its Airmen. The trophy and title of “Most Fit Corps,” is given to the team from the 56th…

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Ops desk beating heart of flying squadron

Posted  August 23, 2013

Every fighter squadron at Luke Air Force Base has a central area manned by Airmen who make sure pilots are able to fly daily. “The operations desk is where each pilot stops to get important information and the green light to fly before stepping to their aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron…

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Self-help services available

Posted  August 23, 2013

Courtesy photo Ronnie Peele , civilian, works on his car in one of the Luke Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop’s liftless stalls. When it comes to some “do-it-yourselfers,” fixing up one’s own car is gratifying and worthwhile, more so than simply having a mechanic take care of everything. For such people here on base,…

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Keesler, Sheppard, Vance shine in King of Hill game

Posted  August 23, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The King of the Hill game has ended, and three Air Education and Training Command bases have been spotlighted for best idea, individual participation and wing participation. Keesler Air Force Base’s idea on “C3 Multifunctional Device Initiatives,” which involved renegotiating print, copy, scan and fax lease agreements, won the…

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607th ACS changes command

Posted  August 23, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Charles Jones Monday at the 607th Air Control Squadron change-of-command ceremony. The squadron’s mission is to train operators and maintainers, deploy warfighters and provide world-class in-garrison radar control to flying units.

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