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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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People First – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 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. AF implements…

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Justice Report – January 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions for January: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s An airman first class received an Article 15 for dereliction of duty, underage drinking. The member received a reduction to E-2, suspended forfeiture of $849 pay per month for two months, 15 days extra duty and a reprimand….

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted  February 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not…

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Home-schoolers get healthy at expo

Posted  February 22, 2013

A home-school student jumps before being tagged during a game of “duck, duck, goose” at the 56th Force Support Squadron Health and Wellness Center. Students visited Luke Air Force Base with the African American Heritage Committee to learn about fitness and get ideas on fun games, workouts they can do by themselves and eating healthy….

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Fly Over: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, ‘Django Unchained’

Posted  February 22, 2013

In theaters: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ Well, actually hard to die at all Whenever someone lists of the greatest action movies of all time (and, in some cases, greatest Christmas movies of all time), the original “Die Hard” tends to be on that list and with good reason. However, the sequels, to my…

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Releasing the artist within

Posted  February 22, 2013

Senior Airman Boe Ericksen, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron load crew member, traces the lines of a dandelion before painting it during the fine arts painting class Feb. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The fine arts painting class is 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the arts and crafts center.   Dianne Nowicki, art instructor,…

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Sports Shorts – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Derek Ezell, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, avoids a 56th Communications Squadron defender Feb. 13 during the flag football championship game at Luke Air Force Base. 56th MOS defeated 56th CS 40-13. MOS avenges only loss of season by Airman 1st Class DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Maintenance Operations…

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Gallegos takes command of 944th FW

Posted  February 15, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Maj. Gen. William Binger, left, and Col. Jose Monteagudo, right, congratulate Col. Kurt Gallegos, newly assigned 944th Fighter Wing commander, after a change-of-command ceremony Sunday at Luke Air Force Base, Feb. 10. Col. Kurt Gallegos accepted command of the 944th Fighter Wing from Maj. Gen. William Binger, 10th Air Force commander,…

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Leadership style must fit Airman

Posted  February 15, 2013

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Katherine Mahana All of us have encountered different leadership styles in our careers. I believe different leadership styles work for different types of Airmen. We continue to grow as a diverse force every day and the only way to lead Airmen is to adjust your leadership style to them. Leading Airmen…

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Communication: the great equalizer

Posted  February 15, 2013

More than 70 years ago, over the skies of England, a mighty duel in the sky took place, the Battle of Britain. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “never in the field of conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill’s statement couldn’t be any more true today…

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