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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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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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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 19, 2013

Sascha Blasko 56th Medical Group Medical Information Systems NCO-in-charge How do you stay fit? High intensity interval training, long-distance running, lifting weights and maintaining a healthy diet. What drives you to keep working out? Seeing results physically and being able to accomplish workouts with less fatigue. Favorite music to work out to? Rock. Favorite workout?…

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Resting muscles, body, mind vital to fitness success

Posted  April 19, 2013

Although it is great to be fit, it is also important to properly rest muscles and get enough sleep. Overtraining is bad and can cause a lot of problems, said Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist. “If you experience a decline in performance, your times are slower or you aren’t able to lift…

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Archaeologists tour Luke’s 5,000 year old site

Posted  April 19, 2013

Thirty professional archaeologists and students toured the Luke Air Force Base Solar-Power-Array project area April 12 to learn about the find at the site and its rich history.

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Luke campout …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Luke Air Force Base families roast marshmallows during a family campout April 12. The campout featured fire pits, volleyball, Frisbee, a bounce house and movies. Children make sugar tubes during a craft session at the campout. Dinner, treats and a pancake breakfast were free to participants. Luke Air…

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Don’t get caught in a ‘bind’

Posted  April 19, 2013

There are only a few individuals on base who have been authorized to bind the government in a contract with an outside entity. Those members are also bound to the extent of their appointment limitations. A commitment made to obligate the government by any employee other than a contracting officer or purchase cardholder is an…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 19, 2013

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” ~ Vaclav Havel How do you define hope? More importantly, where do you find hope? Hope is much more than just desiring a good outcome to an event. Psalm 33:20 teaches…

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News Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. April 26 in Hangar 408. Adult craft group Create candy topiaries using Dum-Dum Pops at the adult craft group at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Luke Air Force Base Library….

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Fly Over: Scary Movie V’, and Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

Posted  April 19, 2013

In theaters: ‘Scary Movie V’ In desperate need of Ritalin Let me just start by saying every spoof movie that will ever come out again has already lost an approximate 40-percent chance of not being any good since the death of Leslie Nielson. However, I always have my fingers crossed for the next hilarious parody…

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CGOs immerse with SFS

Posted  April 19, 2013

Several officers from the 56th Mission Support Group received an in-depth look at how the 56th Security Forces Squadron fits into the Luke Air Force Base mission during a squadron immersion April 12.

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Street Beat – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 29 through April 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 9: Security forces assisted with a major vehicle accident off base at Litchfield Road and Camelback Road. April 10: Security forces responded to a report of a…

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