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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 – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 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. DOD works…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Robb Williams 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman Hometown: Rogersville, Mo. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Kevin and Cheryl Williams; and brother, Adam Williams Education: Currently working on a degree in criminal justice Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing I want is out of my reach Goals: Finish my…

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Air Force announces NDAA implementation plan of mandated force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

Washington, DC – The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  April 5, 2013

“I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do great things”   ~ Mother Teresa You there reading this! You’re valuable. You make a difference. You’re valuable to our Thunderbolt family. You may not be able to do all things that keep Luke AFB functional, but…

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Sexual assault has no place in DOD, official says

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said April 2, calling on the workforce to be part of the solution. In a keynote address kicking off Aberdeen Proving Ground’s observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L….

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  April 5, 2013

O-4, 5 promotion selects announced The following major was selected for promotion to: Lieutenant colonel David Hagerty, 56th Medical Support Squadron The following captains were selected for promotion to: Major William Andreotta, 56th Operations Group Joshua Arki, 62nd Fighter Squadron Joseph Ball, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Brandon Baughman, 310th FS David Breuer, 756th Aircraft Maintenance…

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Course ramps up safety mindset

Posted  April 5, 2013

An instructor watches a rider practice tight cornering. The advanced rider course also covers how to avoid objects in the road and safely avoid collisions.   Participants receive instructions before beginning the advanced rider course.   Motorcycles sit ready for riders during an advanced motorcycle safety riding course held at Luke Air Force Base. The…

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YMCA tour

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 56th Fighter Wing command chief executive assistant, speaks to high school students March 28 at Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base. The Youth to Leaders group toured the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and watched F-16s launch for night flying.

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Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Posted  April 5, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations. Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

James Gilmore 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician How do you stay fit? Fitness is having a positive mindset toward exercise and eating properly. I also drink protein shakes all the time. What drives you to keep working out? I want to improve my personal performance. Being physically healthy is the best way to…

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