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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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Events

Events for July 2013

Posted  July 3, 2013

July 7-12 – 19th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Cologne, Germany http://iaaweb.org/content/view/501/671/ July 7-12 – 8th Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, New York, N.Y. www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/insap-viii July 7-12 – ASA Annual Science Meeting 2013, Melbourne, Australia www.atnf.csiro.au/news/news.php?action=show_item&item_id=1156 July 7-13 – 20th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation/10th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Warsaw,…

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Air Force

Luke holds stand-down day

Posted  June 28, 2013

Luke Air Force Base held a stand-down day on June 24 to focus on sexual assault prevention and the importance of treating fellow Airmen with dignity and respect. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a directive to each branch of service to use the stand-down to mitigate an ongoing trend of sexual misconduct across the Defense…

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Improving organizational trust perks results

Posted  June 28, 2013

Have you ever looked back at all the organizations you’ve been a part of and evaluated what makes an organization great? There is one characteristic that underlies every successful organization I have ever been a part of — trust. Organizational trust is a great characteristic for unit leadership and members to focus on improving in…

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Entrepreneurial talent found throughout military

Posted  June 28, 2013

When you think of an entrepreneur, perhaps an individual such as Henry Ford, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, or even the owner of your favorite local small business comes to mind. Quite often we think of entrepreneurs as men and women in the private sector who forge ahead on their own, armed with a dream, a plan…

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Luke AFB civilian furloughs begin next month

Posted  June 28, 2013

Federal budget cuts have hit home for Luke Air Force Base as hundreds of civilian employees will face furloughs beginning next month. Starting July 8, approximately 702 employees at Luke will be furloughed two days per pay period, for a total of 11 days through the end of September. This unpaid time off will cut…

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MOS says goodbye, functions move to MXG

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron will inactivate during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Hangar 914. As a squadron, the MOS is responsible for many aspects of what happens on the flightline. They do maintenance training for the 56th Maintenance Group, analyze maintenance data, do the planning and scheduling of flying hours, oversee quality…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 28, 2013

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Aviation resource manager Hometown: Cameron, Ariz. Years in Service: Seven Education: Completing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation management Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My mother showed me no matter how…

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This week in history: June 28

Posted  June 28, 2013

First air-to-air refueling Today, air-to-air refueling is a daily occurrence across the U.S. Air Force. But it was not always so. Ninety years ago this week, two Airmen successfully completed the first air-to-air refueling. On June 27, 1923, Lts. Lowell Smith and John Richter made the Army Air Service’s first complete hose refueling between two…

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Health & Safety

Fireworks explode into holiday, could cause injury

Posted  June 28, 2013

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is urging Americans to take extra care when celebrating with fireworks this Fourth of July. For most Americans, the celebration is a time for food, fun and fireworks, but in 2012 nearly 10,000 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. Burns were the most common, accounting for…

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Local

Street Beat

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 14 through 20: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 19 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 19: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the commissary parking lot. There were no injuries. June 19: Security forces responded to…

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