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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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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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Sports

Sports Shorts – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

UFC fight night UFC fight night is Aug 31 at Club Five Six. Doors open at 5 p.m., preliminary bouts are 7 p.m. and the main event is 9 p.m. Free admission to club members and $5 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-6446. Start Smart Tennis Start Smart Tennis is a tennis program for…

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Luke teams play in softball tournament

Posted  August 9, 2013

Three teams from Luke Air Force Base took to the fields to compete in the Goodyear Guns vs. Hoses softball tournament Saturday

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Commentary

General Welsh shares message with Airmen

Posted  August 9, 2013

I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success. My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave…

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Air Force

This week in history August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy photo Officiating the activation ceremony was then Col. Gilmary Hostage III, 56th Operations Group commander and currently the Air Combat Command commander. Accepting the guidon was the new 21st Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell. Now retired, Mitchell runs the Community Initiatives Team at Luke.   Aug. 8, 1996: 21st FS activates…

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Fly Over: ‘The Fall of Reach’, and ‘Planes’

Posted  August 9, 2013

‘The Fall of Reach’ Prologue to groundbreaking video game I’m sure I may be a little behind the curve by recently starting the book series “Halo,” considering the first novel was released in October 2001, but in my search for a new series to read, a friend recommended it to me. He didn’t steer me…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 26 through Aug. 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 33 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 26: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the waste water treatment plant. There were no injuries. July 26: Security forces…

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Events

Hundreds attend Back-to-School Bash

Posted  August 9, 2013

It’s that time of the year when parents and children start preparing for the upcoming school year. The Luke Chapel and Luke Airman Fund sponsored a Back to School Bash Aug. 2 at Fowler Park to help give back to those who support the Airmen.

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Health & Safety

Take huge steps to better health — rethink sugary drinks

Posted  August 9, 2013

  There is no shortage of diets on the market nowadays. There are low-fat diets, low-carb diets and many more, each with their own unique benefits. However, watching what you drink is just as important as what you eat when it comes to successful dieting. “It is easy to consume plenty of calories just through…

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Local

Natural disaster training

Posted  August 9, 2013

  56th Medical Group Airmen strap down a patient to a litter who simulated passing out during the exercise. The exercise gave responders the opportunity to use life-saving skills in a training environment.     Airmen from the 56th MDG set up a decontamination shower tent during a severe thunderstorm exercise Aug. 1 on Luke…

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Heat injuries — No time to get complacent

Posted  August 9, 2013

The high temperatures for Phoenix through the month of August continue to stay in the low 100s. But, it’s only halfway through the summer and heat injuries can still happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, people who work in hot environments may be at risk for heat stress. Exposure to…

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