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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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Health & Safety

Luke water safe by EPA standards

Posted  June 28, 2013

The drinking water at Luke Air Force Base is deemed safe by Environmental Protection Agency standards, according to a report released this month by the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight. The study, an annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality, is available on the Luke AFB website. The report describes the presence…

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Sports Shorts – June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

SFS squeaks by MOS in golf tourney Joshua Hoffman, 56th SFS, prepares to drive the golf ball downrange on the 5th hole. The 56th Security Forces Squadron defeated the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron 73-72 during an intramural golf tournament June 20 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The 56th SFS team remained confident despite the…

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Salutes & Awards

Academy cadets get taste of real AF life

Posted  June 21, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Air Force Academy Cadet 2nd Class Joshua Burdge, left, installs a 20mm gun drum on an F-16 June 14 on the flightline. The cadets spent the day shadowing armament systems specialists from the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The cadets also visited the medical group, public affairs, finance and security…

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Wisdom ‘pearls’ practical, useful for leaders

Posted  June 21, 2013

Recently, I had the pleasure of putting together a leadership course for the Medical Group’s company grade officers. The focus was on ensuring good leadership. In preparation for this course I studied material that listed laws of leadership aimed at making better leaders, no matter where they are in the leadership journey. I want to…

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Thunderbolts show up for good cause with ‘service-before-self’ attitude

Posted  June 21, 2013

Service before self is a mantra we tend to repeat but not always in a truly positive manner. I often hear it as an exasperated sigh when someone volunteers or is “voluntold” for an event. The true spirit of this mantra really came out at the Boston Marathon relief run that took place in May….

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Make safety personal this summer

Posted  June 21, 2013

Courtesy photo A damaged government vehicle awaits repair on Luke Air Force Base. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that driver distraction, driver fatigue, drunk driving, aggressive driving and weather conditions are the top five causes of motor vehicle-related mishaps. Recent statistics show there has been an abrupt increase in Airmen involved in motor…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airman 1st Class Kyle Young 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice Hometown: Oviedo, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Parents, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Gary Young and Julia Young Education: Received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in marketing and management information systems Inspirations: My swim coach in college, Terry Maul, who…

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CS changes command

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Raymond Chester, incoming 56th Communications Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony June 14 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base.

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Flashover chamber vital training for firefighters

Posted  June 21, 2013

Steven Kinkade Steven Kinkade Student firefighters prepare to exit the flashover chamber at the Luke Air Force Base fire training area May 4. Luke firefighters use the flashover chamber to educate and train firefighters on the warning signs of a flashover before it occurs. The life of a firefighter consists of a multitude of emergency…

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This Week in History: June 21

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Phoenix metro area had been growing for several decades. Courtesy Photo The original Community Initiatives Team was made up of, from left, Rusty Mitchell, Eric Binkley, Mike Hanson and Bob Dubsky. As a result of a number of local development decisions and the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Williams Air Force Base, 50…

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