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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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Building camaraderie the prickly way

Posted  March 29, 2013

FROM LEFT: 2nd Lt. John Patten, Capt. Dakota Olsen, 1st Lt. Jeffrey Whitford, Capt. Pete Sailhamer and 1st Lt. Joseph Valdez, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilots, ponder mustaches March 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The tradition of growing mustaches during March is attributed to Air Force triple-ace Robin Olds who grew an extravagantly waxed…

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Airmen, robot work side by side to fill prescriptions at Luke

Posted  March 29, 2013

Over the past year, the three 56th Medical Support Squadron pharmacies have filled more than 396,000 prescriptions, relying heavily on the Arizona Refill Center, which uses a robotic delivery system to handle 35 percent of the overall daily workload.

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Salutes & Awards

Female Thunderbolts take front and center

Posted  March 29, 2013

From young Airmen to chiefs, supply technicians to pilots, women at Luke Air Force Base make a difference every day. Every person has a different story — a different reason for joining and continuing to serve.

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Fly Over: ‘Olympus has Fallen’, and the Ultra Music Festival

Posted  March 29, 2013

In theaters: ‘Olympus has Fallen’ A die-hard action movie There’s really not much to ask for from action movies. If they provide enough entertainment with action scenes and likable characters, I can forgive a few dumb moments here and there. Now this leniency can be pushed to the limit from time to time (looking at…

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A Chief Among Royals

Posted  March 29, 2013

  Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, encourages the Kansas City Royals minor league baseball players March 22 at Surprise Stadium. Staton told the players that resilience, confidence and the drive to go further come from the discipline to get the job done.   A member of the KCR coaching staff…

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April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted  March 29, 2013

Saving children from abuse phone call away Americans are more aware than ever of the tragedy of child abuse. The national and local media carry daily reports of children who have been beaten, imprisoned, starved, burned or sexually and emotionally abused. Shopping carts, milk cartons, billboards, newspapers all carry the message that children should tell…

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Nominations accepted for Portraits in Courage

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Now through May 1, nominations are being accepted and reviewed for Portraits in Courage, Vol. 8. “Portraits in Courage is a Chief of Staff initiative designed to tell Airmen’s stories of courage, valor, and heroism. Our Airmen do the impossible every day. These narratives embody our warrior ethos and personify the Air Force…

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Sports Shorts – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

White Tank hike The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a White Tank Mountains hike 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. For more information, call (623) 856-6241. Family camp out The spring family camp out at Fowler Park is April 12 and 13. Eat s’mores around a camp fire, sleep under the…

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Luke reaches millionth hour milestone

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams The millionth F-16 Fighting Falcon flying training hour at Luke Air Force Base was reached March 13. F-16s first touched down at Luke AFB on Dec. 6, 1982. To date, Luke has graduated 18,164 F-16 fighter pilots. Approximately 2,000 F-16 hours are flown a month by Luke pilots and students….

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56th Fighter Wing captures ‘Outstanding Unit’ award

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing has an illustrious history of accomplishments and awards, and another chapter was added to that history. The results for the Air Force Outstanding Unit were released Feb. 27 from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, and Luke Air Force Base’s 56th FW was awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the…

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