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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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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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Health & Safety

Alcohol increases chances of injury during critical days

Posted  June 14, 2013

Summertime is almost here. The smell of barbecue is in the air. Children are out of school, and it’s the perfect time to plan a getaway. Summer is all about having fun, and throwing back a few cold ones is a common way to beat the heat. The Critical Days of Summer Campaign, from Memorial…

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People First – June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

NCO retraining program application window open Staff sergeant-selects through master sergeants in overage career fields can apply for retraining into an undermanned career field during Phase I of the fiscal 2014 NCO Retraining Program. Retraining applications will be accepted through July 8. The two-phase program is used to balance and sustain the enlisted force by moving…

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Air Force News – June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

Security a priority in DOD move to mobile devices The Defense Department wants to provide secure access to information from any device, anywhere and anytime, but the priority is security, the department’s principal deputy chief information officer recently said. At a defense systems seminar, Robert Carey spoke about mobile device security and architecture before an…

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Cost Conscious Culture C3

Posted  June 14, 2013

Money doesn’t grow on trees! This is an age-old adage that everyone has probably heard from their parents at least once in their lifetime. This axiom still holds true today as the Defense Department is under sequestration and the U.S. Air Force experiences a cash flow issue during fiscal 2013. Specifically, Air Education and Training…

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This week in history: June 14

Posted  June 14, 2013

By June 12, 1943, the 56th Fighter Group had lost a couple of pilots in combat. On that date, the 62nd Fighter Squadron conducted a fighter sweep with two flights between Blankenburge, Belgium, and Calais, France. Flying at 20,000 feet near Ypres, Belgium, they saw two flights of four FochWolf-190s each at 15,000 feet. Maj….

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FSS gets new boss

Posted  June 14, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, incoming 56th Force Support Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony June 10 at Club Five Six on Luke Air Force Base. The 56th FSS supports the Luke community by providing manpower and personnel, airman…

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MSG evaluates services amid tight budget

Posted  June 14, 2013

In light of ongoing budgetary constraints, the 56th Mission Support Group and 56th Force Support Squadron are adopting a business case analysis approach to look at base activities here. “We’re using this approach to evaluate all our nonappropriated fund activities,” said Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th MSG commander, referring to funds that pay for morale events…

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Luke looks back at F-35 mission

Posted  June 14, 2013

Samuel King Jr. The pilot and crew chief salute each other as the F-16 Fighting Falcon taxies toward the runway for another sortie Sept. 6, 2012, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. With an average of 106 takeoffs per day and an inventory of 138 F-16 Fighting Falcons, it would have been easy to not…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  June 14, 2013

Senior Airman Joshua Parker 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons load crew member Hometown: Davison, Mich. Years in service: One Inspirations: My uncle served in the Navy and inspires me to make it up the enlisted ranks Goals: Obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, live overseas Self-description: Just trying to do my part, serving my…

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308th signs on to clean up

Posted  June 14, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, middle back row, Adopt-A-Street representatives and 308th Fighter Squadron pilots pose June 7 at the northwest corner of Glendale Avenue and Dysart Road. The Adopt-A-Street program invites the community, civic organizations, private businesses and individuals to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets. The Glendale…

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