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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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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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News Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  August 30, 2013

Undergrad flying training applications due in Nov. Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Nov. 29 to be considered by the UFT selection board, which convenes Jan. 14, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The board will review candidates for fiscal year 2014/2015 training requirements in the pilot, remotely piloted…

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From court to cockpit, vice wing commander brings A-Game

Posted  August 30, 2013

Col. Jeremy Sloane, who last month took over as the new vice wing commander at Luke Air Force Base, has always been a high achiever. As a basketball star at Federal Way High School, Wash., he set the all-time school record for points scored. Two players have since broken that record, and both went on…

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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  August 30, 2013

Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington, 56th Medical Operations Squadron…

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This week in history

Posted  August 30, 2013

Aug. 25, 1953: Peacemaker becomes flying aircraft carrier The Air Force announced Aug. 25, 1953, that the Convair B-36 Peacemaker had become a “flying aircraft carrier” that could launch and recover Republic F-84 Thunderjet aircraft. It’s hard to believe this story began with the German Blitz of England in 1940 to 1941. England took such…

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AFRC announces O-5 selects

Posted  August 30, 2013

The following Air Force Reserve majors were selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: 944th Operations Group Shawn Ortiz 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Richard Valdes 69th Fighter Squadron Keith Gempler Jon Giulietti Chad Jennings Peter Scholl David Scott Rodney Thurman Edsel Wooten II 924th Fighter Group Brian Cusson 45th FS Scott Petts Joseph Rucker 307th FS…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 30, 2013

Staff Sgt. Ronnie Saldana 607th Air Control Squadron Weapons director evaluations NCO-in-charge Hometown: Buena Park, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Jessica; children, Gwendolyn, 6, Gavin, 2, and Mila, 6 months Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in computer and information science Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Spangdahlem Air Base,…

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Local Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  August 30, 2013

Cinderella, Prince Charming closet The Cinderella and Prince Charming Closet is looking for 100 new or gently used formal gowns, cocktail dresses and prom dresses in all sizes, colors and styles, as well as handbags and accessories to complete an outfit. For men, they are looking for 25 new or gently used business suits or…

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Airman overcomes tough past

Posted  August 30, 2013

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Lloydon Adler Balili, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry technician, sits on his father’s lap as his family has their picture taken in the back yard of their home on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. He was 5. He stepped out his door and looked down the street. He saw homes…

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People, mission entwined – smart to not compromise

Posted  August 30, 2013

By now, most of us of have been in the presence of a first-class leader who stated his personal and professional beliefs were twofold – people and mission. Which bears more importance? If you were to survey 100 people, half would say people and the other half would say mission. The truth is the people…

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It’s football season! Get coach’s perspective on leadership

Posted  August 30, 2013

How many times over the course of your military career were you given the title of a leadership oriented book to read written by a mega-millionaire CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Can you relate what you do to that CEO? How about a book that analyzes the traits of our nation’s greatest generals? I…

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