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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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Back-to-school time as children hit streets

Posted  August 16, 2013

Every August, thousands of children ages 5 to 18 begin once again using the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session, which means those morning and afternoon hours will be filled with school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for children,” said Ben Bruce,…

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Lesson learned from bag of peanuts

Posted  August 16, 2013

Life lessons are sometimes learned in the most unexpected places. Like most, I’ve worked for and learned from leaders and mentors with different leadership styles. I’ve learned that there is a time and place for all styles of leadership. However, John Maxwell was spot on in his “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” when he stated…

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Take early, active role in career … it’s yours!

Posted  August 16, 2013

During a recent Luke Air Force Base Top 3 meeting, two chiefs gave a briefing geared toward providing guidance and feedback on the promotion board process of competing for the top two enlisted ranks, senior and chief master sergeant. Promotion selection for these two ranks is a two-phased process consisting of weighted Airmen promotion system…

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Airman loses eye, continues to serve

Posted  August 16, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Delbert Coburn, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, shoots the ball after getting the rebound during an intramural basketball game against the 56th Contracting Squadron team Aug. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Coburn also continues to play softball after losing his left eye. Imagine returning home from a deployment…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

AF ball The Air Force Ball is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Main Ballroom of the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park. Luke Air Force Base members can purchase tickets from their group representative today through Aug. 30. For more information, call 623-856-7009. 607th ACS changes command Lt. Col. Sean Slaughter…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 16, 2013

Senior Airman Wesley Bohde 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman Hometown: New Haven, Ind. Years in service: Three Family: Wife, Emily; mother, Linda; and father, Matthew Education: Pursuing an aerospace maintenance technology degree at Indiana University Inspirations: Making my family proud; they’re excited about what I’m doing Goals: Make staff sergeant the first…

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Using USB devices on base computers big no-no

Posted  August 16, 2013

The first thing that pops up after logging onto a government computer is a message: “Effective immediately, the following removable flash media are unauthorized on all Department of Defense information systems until further notice: memory sticks, thumb drives and camera flash memory cards.” Many people may not read this message and click through the pop-ups…

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Beat the heat 5k

Posted  August 16, 2013

Luke Air Force Base members begin the Beat the Heat 5k fun run Aug. 9 at Super Sabre Street. The first- through third-place winners in the female category are, respectively: Ally Catana, Leonila Celestino and Kassandra Parot. The first- through third-place winners in the male category are, respectively: Robert Amrich, David Lemery and Jason Mila….

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Getting to know you …

Posted  August 16, 2013

Jenn Rothstein, right, spouse of Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, welcomes spouses new to Luke Air Force Base Aug. 8 during a spouse talk and tour. The tour, sponsored by the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center, is designed to introduce spouses to their new Air Force community.

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Air Force News – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Monday. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory…

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