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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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JAMES HENSLEY Air Force

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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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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Salutes & Awards

MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following individuals and units are best-of-the-best: Load crew Crew 94 ME2 Lee Kok Foong, ME2 Winston Lim and ME1 Deepanraj, 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Maintenance professional Airman: Airman 1st Class Mark McClary, 308th AMU NCO: Staff Sgt. Russel Houser, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Andres Vasquez, 62nd AMU Maintenance support professional…

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Class gives tips on making move smooth

Posted  July 26, 2013

Every year hundreds of military families move from one base to another and each move gets a little easier, but who said it didn’t have to be easy to start with. The 56th Force Support Squadron’s Airman and Family Readiness Center is here to help make it easy for everyone, whether it’s the first or…

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Health & Safety

Running clinic gets Airmen fired up about fitness

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist, participates in a spin class with Airmen July 17 at the 56th AMDS Health and Wellness Center. The class is part of the running clinic, a six-week-long program designed to improve fitness test scores. Running is part of the physical training test and as such,…

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Second job entails procedures, approval

Posted  July 26, 2013

Unexpected events in life such as family issues, education needs and even career progression can make getting a second job helpful for active-duty Airmen. However, if an Airman seeks off-duty employment, certain protocol must be adhered to. Factors such as upgrade training, upcoming deployments and duty performance can effect whether or not an Airman receives…

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Air Force News – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Fiscal 2014 force management programs announced The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials recently said. Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end-strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right…

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People First – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Special duties…

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Commentary

Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 26, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before…

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Commissaries offer ‘Back to School’ savings

Posted  July 26, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are offering significant savings on back-to-school products to help children in the classroom. “Your commissary is the very best choice to get food products for your children’s healthy breakfasts; easy-to-prepare, healthy pack lunches; after-school snacks and other school-related items,” said Michelle Frost, the Defense Commissary Agency’s chief of promotions and…

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Local

Construction on track for F-35 basing

Posted  July 26, 2013

Once just plans on paper, the F-35 training facilities at Luke Air Force Base are quickly becoming a reality.

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Justice Report

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to obey a lawful order. The member received a suspended reduction to E-4, forfeiture of $500 pay and a reprimand. Demotions A senior airman was…

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