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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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Sports

Sports Shorts – July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

OG slides past CES 11-6   Taylor Shewbirt, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, rounds third base during the first inning of the intramural softball game Tuesday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. Shewbirt scored the first of four runs by CES during the inning.   Christopher Moylan, 56th Operations Group, swings…

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Maple Flag brings heat to Great White North

Posted  July 12, 2013

Members of the 425th Fighter Squadron recently participated in Maple Flag, a Canadian directed exercise conducted annually that provides training for warfighters in large-force employment of 50 aircraft at a time.

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Street Beat

Posted  July 12, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 21 through July 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 30 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 26: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the commissary parking lot. There were no injuries. July 2: Security forces responded…

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Commentary

Fly Over: ‘Hesher’, and ‘The Lone Ranger’

Posted  July 12, 2013

‘Hesher’ The trailers for “Hesher,” a 2010 drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character, looked pretty interesting. Unfortunately, the movie is mediocre at best, despite a good performance by the protagonist, played by child actor Devin Brochu, whose age is curiously not readily available on the Internet. Brochu plays T.J., a junior high-age boy…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 12, 2013

As I write this, former antiapartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela is on life support at age 94. Mandela spent years as a revolutionary fighting racism and the government policy of “apartheid” in his beloved South Africa. For this, Mandela spent more than a quarter of his life, 27 years, in prison….

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Health & Safety

If it’s not life or death, make an appointment

Posted  July 12, 2013

Over use and improper use of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities are a large drain on the budget available to the 56th Medical Group. The 56th MDG leaders have spent a good amount of time identifying how they can help Luke Air Force Base members and their families better understand and address this issue….

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted  July 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders Thursday. The senators had requested detailed information on…

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Admiral warns of potentially devastating cutbacks

Posted  July 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — Budget cuts and spending restrictions are forcing defense leaders into measures that are “basically hollowing out the force through sequestration,” the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s letter sent to Congress yesterday is “an accurate description of what’s happening to the force at-large,” Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear…

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This week in history: July 12

Posted  July 12, 2013

Saguaro Manor opens September 1959 When it comes to the history of U.S. Air Force base housing, two themes were consistent. There was either too much or too little housing to meet the base’s population needs. Luke Air Force Base has gone through those cycles too. While Del Webb built family housing at Luke, at…

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Desert Diary: 607th ACS Airmen deploy downrange

Posted  July 12, 2013

In the middle of the desert, sand flies around in a fury, whipped up by strong winds. Rain begins to pour down from the sky. Battling the storm, an Airman treks through the mud to connect networking cables to a server communications base. Donning goggles and gloves, the Airman works to restore a weather tracking…

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