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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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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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Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center looks for more patients – no waiting list

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airmen who are sick of living day to day with their glasses and contacts have an opportunity to leave them all behind. The Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center has no waiting list and is looking for new Airmen who wish to eliminate their dependency…

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Air Force News – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Sequestration will affect force readiness The four branches of the military delivered another warning to Congress April 18 that a prolonged budget sequester will significantly affect military readiness, and could leave the services unable to carry out defense strategy. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer told lawmakers sequestration has forced the cancellation…

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People First – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 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. VA expedites…

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MDG goes all out at bash

Posted  April 26, 2013

Guy McAdams, 56th Medical Group, starts a water fight April 19 during the 2013 MDG Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base Fowler Park. The event featured activities including a kickball tournament.   Justin Harris, civilian, and Senior Airman Cortney Davis, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, lift a tire during the warrior-fit event at the mash…

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Fly Over: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’, and Saigon Kitchen

Posted  April 26, 2013

For Xbox 360 and Playstation 3: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ NetherRealm is still in the game I am a huge fan of fighting games, particularly the “Mortal Kombat” series. This was a little difficult for me during the latter part of the Midway publishing era, when the “MK” designers were rushed into releasing mediocre installments….

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Girl scouts get ‘dog show’

Posted  April 26, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Lopez, center, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, talks to girl scouts about the kennel facility and his experience working with the MWDs April 16 when the girls visited Luke Air Force Base. The girl scouts delivered 300 cases, about 2,600 boxes, of cookies in support of Operation Thunderbox, a…

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Learned behavior must match Air Force standards

Posted  April 26, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Sexual assault and harassment are rightfully in the forefront of Defense Department and Air Force leadership concerns. Leaders speak continually about the damages sexual assault and harassment inflict upon Airmen, the unit and the mission. Their command emphasis helps highlight a problem endemic in our ranks. At the end of the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 26, 2013

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your task.” ~ Phillips Brooks Where do you set “the bar” for yourself in life? Do you put your standards and goals within easy reach? Or do you put them just…

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Sports Shorts – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Golfers get primer on basics Ed Wieczkiewicz, lead golf instructor, coaches Hee Lee, 56th Fighter Wing legal office, the proper way to hold a golf club during the Link Up 2 Golf event.   Participants take turns hitting golf balls during the Link Up 2 Golf event April 16 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course…

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Luke 1 gives feedback, guidance

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, discusses issues such as sequestration and the F-35 bed down, and gave Luke Air Force Base members a state-of-the-wing feedback during a commander’s call April 12 at the Luke AFB Bryant Fitness Center gym. After six months of command, Brig. Gen. Mike…

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