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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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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Health & Safety

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

Sports Shorts – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Beat-the-heat run The beat-the-heat 5k fun run is 6:30 a.m. Aug. 9 outside the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters, Bldg. 988. Awards, prizes and refreshments are included. For more information, call 623-856-6241. Start Smart Tennis Start Smart Tennis is a tennis program for children ages 4 and 5. Classes are 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 20…

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Air Force

CV’s final Luke flight …

Posted  July 26, 2013

A fire truck from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services sprays down an F-16 Fighting Falcon July 19 flown by Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, upon completion of his final flight at Luke Air Force Base. Webb’s next assignment is deputy director of plans, programs and analyses at Headquarters U.S….

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Daughter of Luke’s own attends MLB Pitch Hit Run

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy photo Grace Lyons, 13, daughter of Lt. Col. John Lyons, 69th Fighter Squadron, participates in the national finals for Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition July 15 in New York City. Grace Lyons, 13, attended the annual National Finals for Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition in the girls’ softball…

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Commentary

Mentoring happens on daily basis

Posted  July 26, 2013

What do teaching, coaching and mentoring all have in common? They all require communication and interaction. Teaching and coaching typically involve a controlled environment with determined settings, timeframes and performance centered on improvement in a specific skill area. Mentoring, on the other hand, is open, continues to evolve over time and allows nurturing of the…

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To serve requires automatic sacrifice

Posted  July 26, 2013

For those who have been in the service for a while, sacrifice is a word that is well known and experienced by all. It can be used to describe numerous occasions. It brings sorrow to some and pride to others. It is viewed in multiple ways. It’s not a bad word and can be seen…

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Shoplifting affects more than exchange’s bottom line

Posted  July 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the last of a series of articles on shoplifting at Luke. When items disappear from some off-base retailers due to shoplifting, it hurts those companies’ ability turn a profit and benefit stockholders. However, when shoplifting happens at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange, the effects cut deeper. “The reason the Luke…

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News Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 26, 2013

Senior Airman John Standley 56th Comptroller Squadron Contingency Operations Budget Analyst Hometown: Azusa, Calif. Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Courtney, and sons, Tyson Miller, 3, and Peyton, 2 months Education: Pursing a Community College of the Air Force degree in financial management Inspirations: My grandfather, as a World War II veteran I wanted to…

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Salutes & Awards

308th FS under new management

Posted  July 26, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Christopher Bacon, incoming 308th Fighter Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 11 at Luke Air Force Base.

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O-5 selects announced

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following majors have been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: Ben Aronhime, 56th Training Squadron David Lemery, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Benjamin Bartlett, 56th Fighter Wing Dennis Lincoln, 56th Operations Group Robert Mason, 309th Fighter Squadron Jeffrey Montgomery, 308th Fighter Squadron Nathan Smith, 62nd FS Steven Whisler, 309th FS

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