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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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People First – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 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. MyPers website…

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Academic help just a click away

Posted  May 10, 2013

The pressure is on for students (and their parents) as the final weeks of school and everything that comes with them, including standardized tests, end-of-term papers and final exams. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring service that is free to children in military families. All Kindergarten-12 students in…

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A Night in the Life

Posted  May 10, 2013

Crew chiefs — unsung heroes of the flightline   A pair of 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen perform a preflight check April 18 here at Luke Air Force Base. The preflight checklist includes checking wing flaps, lights and radio.   Capt. Joe Walker, 309th FS assistant chief of weapons, prepares an F-16 for flight while…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 10, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 26 through May 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 29: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident on the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge. A patient was transported to West Valley…

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Fly Over: The Great Gatsby’, and ‘Iron Man 3′

Posted  May 10, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” won’t go down as the definitive version of the classic of American letters, which is the fourth film to date, but it was certainly a lot of fun. Initially I was a bit confused why Fitzgerald’s drama would require 3-D;…

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Half Marathon

Posted  May 10, 2013

May is fitness month for the Air Force. Every year Airmen are challenged to participate in different athletic endeavors.

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Report helps military deal with sexual assault problem

Posted  May 10, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sexual assault is a long-term problem for the military, and it will take time for military efforts to combat it, the director of the Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response office said. “We are not satisfied with where we are at today,” said Army Maj. Gen. Gary Patton in an interview before the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  May 10, 2013

“Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, ‘shake well before using.’ That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.” ~ Vance Havner Have you ever felt abused or abandoned by others? What about from God Himself? Sometimes God has a…

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Sports Shorts – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

Benjamin McCloud, 607th ACS radio frequencies transmissions systems journeyman, serves the ball to the 944th MDSS team. The 607th ACS won the second game forcing a third and final game with the 944th MDSS.   Sandra Montoya, 944th Medical Support Squadron knowledge operations, volleys a serve from the 607th Air Control Squadron April 30 at…

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Luke 1 launches teams of trust

Posted  May 3, 2013

May kicks off a year-long commander’s campaign, “Building Trust, Deterring Crime.” The goal is to build teams where trust of one another and the leader is foundational.

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