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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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Sports Shorts – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Jabari Johnson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, avoids defenders during a game Aug. 7 against the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron team at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. CES defeated LRS 55-49.   CES holds off LRS in close matchup — wins 55-49 Photo and story by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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Salutes & Awards

E-5 selects announced

Posted  August 15, 2013

The following senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant: 56th Comptroller Squadron Lakindra Favors and Wade Williams Jr. 56th Operations Support Squadron Ashley Barth, Trevon Brinkley, Mariaisabel Cruz, Corey Ingraham, Anthony Meadows, Theodore Pelfrey, Marcellus Pouncil, Michael Seymour, Alexena Simien, Raul Valdez, Voss Rojelio Jr. and Austin Zacker 56th Training Squadron William…

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AF moves require many hands

Posted  August 9, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the 56th Medical Group carry a decontamination tent to a setup location during a natural disaster exercise Aug. 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise gave Airmen the opportunity to use their life-saving skills in a training environment. During the summer, many military families go through a…

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Serving in AF equals opportunity

Posted  August 9, 2013

While some may view their time in the Air Force as drudgery, I have always viewed the Air Force as an organization that offers unlimited opportunity. I could discuss multiple Air Force benefits such as education, health care or retirement, but instead I will focus solely on opportunity. Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as a favorable juncture…

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Everyone matters

Posted  August 9, 2013

As Airmen, we experience leadership, core values, morale and standards each day, although we don’t always realize it. At times it is good to take a moment to reflect on these values and think about what role we play in the bigger picture. It is important to understand how vital every Airman is in meeting…

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Youth program points teens to success

Posted  August 9, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Keystone Club Teen Council meet July 26 to discuss upcoming events at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The council is a teen character building and citizenship program enabling members to network and resolve issues impacting military teens. Preteens and teens at the Luke Air Force Base Youth…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman Lance Housh 56th Security Forces Squadron Confinement NCO-in-charge Hometown: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Amittys; daughter, Mia Education: Pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado Previous assignments: Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia Inspirations: My father, retired SFS Master Sgt. Peter Housh, for his continuous support…

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Wing names quarterly award winners

Posted  August 9, 2013

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Douglass Kennemore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Nicole Eisenbarth, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Russell Eberle, 56th Communications Squadron Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Bradford Shields, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. William Maclin, 56th…

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MWDs honored at Dog Days of Summer event

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Lindsey Thompson, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Wax, 56th SFS military working dog, are interviewed by local media about their participation in the annual Dogs Days of Summer event. Thompson and Wax have worked together as a team for more than a year. A military working dog…

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Future soccer champs train at Luke

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Children dribble soccer balls Aug. 2 during the U.K. International Soccer Camp at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The camp took place from July 29 through Aug. 2 for children ages 6 to 12. For more information on 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center activities, call (623) 856-7470.

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