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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Senior Airman Leonila Celestino 607th Air Control Squadron Command support staff Hometown: Oak Harbor, Wash. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in information management from Rio Salado Community College Previous assignments: Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing is free and…

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Local

Werewolf hits 3,000 hours in F-16

Posted  March 29, 2013

Reaching 3,000 F-16 flying hours is a milestone few pilots reach in their entire career. On the first day of spring, the list of pilots who have reached that milestone added one more name.

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Steps for ‘Mustang’ no easy ride

Posted  March 29, 2013

In the military, Mustang is a term used for someone who is commissioned after being enlisted. It’s not a walk in the park for enlisted Airmen to earn a commission. In fact, there are various steps needed to be taken prior to applying to a commissioning program. One of the first steps is to attend…

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Promotion wisdom comes from retired chief

Posted  March 29, 2013

In my 40-plus years serving on both active duty and working as an Air Force civilian, one question seems to surface each time the promotion list is released. What does it take to get promoted? The question applies to our newest Airmen, NCOs and our senior NCOs. Although each Airman’s experiences differ, I believe to…

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Salutes & Awards

Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Jesus Artesi 56th Medical Support Squadron Information systems technician 1. How do you stay fit? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I keep training for competitions, the team I lead and being the best I can be. 3. Favorite music to work out to? Greydon Square. 4. Favorite workout? Grappling. 5….

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Days of Remembrance: Why should I care?

Posted  March 29, 2013

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Days of Remembrance” are April 7 through 14. Some may say, “I am not Jewish, so why should I care?” While this observance is closely tied to the remembrance of the Nazi led Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s in Europe and has strong a connection with the Jewish faith…

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Street Beat – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Marchch 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 17: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident on the second floor of the Luke Air Force Base Exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March…

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Events

Air Force News – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

EOD Airman receives fifth Bronze Star A Bronze Star with Valor was recently presented to an explosive ordnance disposal technician making him only the fifth Airman to receive five Bronze Star medals. Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Air Force Special Operations School Force Protection Branch NCO-in-charge, said receiving this particular Bronze Star was humbling for him. Lt….

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People First – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 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. Plan early…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 29, 2013

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful..”   ~ John Wooden One of the greatest coaches in NCAA basketball history was also one of the greatest coaches about life itself. John Wooden taught his players not just a game, but how to “win” in life. There is an…

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