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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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Fly Over: ‘Fast & Furious 6’, and ‘The Internship’

Posted  June 7, 2013

In theaters: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ I’ve always been a fan of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise. After hearing how great the sixth movie is, I had to see it. “Fast & Furious 6” is about a team of criminal gang members led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who retired after their heist in…

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Safety fair heats up critical days of summer

Posted  June 7, 2013

Thunderbolts brought the sizzle into summer fun with a safety fair May 23 inside the former officer’s club.

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607th ACS to become AETC unit

Posted  June 7, 2013

Changes are on the horizon for the 607th Air Control Squadron as members prepare to switch from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command next month.

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Practicing safety around water makes for fun, avoids mishaps

Posted  June 7, 2013

When the weather turns hot many people head for water. It’s a good way to beat the heat. Yet, because of all the activity going on, people can forget about water safety. Playing in and around water comes with risks. Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children age…

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  June 7, 2013

WASHINGTON — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 7, 2013

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” ~ Clare Booth Luce, 20th century American congresswoman/playwright Hopelessness among today’s service members continues to make headlines with ever increasing suicide rates. However, for every suicide there are countless others who feel hopeless. Two things we should remember: The first is…

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12th Air Force commander visits Team Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, holds an officers’ call at Luke Air Force Base May 17. Rand discussed his priorities that include mission, Airmen, family and the U.S. Air Force core values. He emphasized the importance of being a wingman and leaders being invested…

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Deploying on dime demands readiness

Posted  May 31, 2013

Our nation’s readiness has never been tested like it will be in the remainder of the fiscal year. Our Air Force has squadrons standing down and our readiness, despite global tensions being on the rise, will suffer in the coming months. Luke Air Force Base Airmen need to be ready to deploy in support of…

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Setting goal, staying course reap reward

Posted  May 31, 2013

I have always enjoyed running. In elementary school, I won countless field-day blue ribbons for fastest runner. In high school I ran track and cross country. Cross country quickly became my favorite. I was extremely excited when the U.S. Air Force did away with the bike test and started the 1.5 mile run to measure…

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Spikes graduate 7 to combat air force

Posted  May 31, 2013

Today America’s newest fighter pilots joined the most lethal combat air force on the planet. Seven officers from class 13-ABC successfully completed the F-16 Fighting Falcon basic course and will celebrate this momentous accomplishment with family, friends, academic instructors and instructor pilots from the 62nd Fighter Squadron. Their training at Luke Air Force Base began…

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