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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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Pests – Everywhere you look

Posted  February 15, 2013

Photo by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Andrew Carr, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Hulke, 56th CES pest management apprentice, set a gopher trap Feb. 4 at the air park on Luke Air Force Base. The Airmen from pest management handle various types of pests at Luke…

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News Briefs: February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. today in preparation for the TRICARE West transition from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to United Healthcare Military and Veterans. The center is located at the Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Medical Clinic, third floor. Normal operations will resume Tuesday….

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 15, 2013

Airman Joshua McDaniel 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems Technician Hometown: Springfield, Ill. Years in service: One Family: Father, Chris; mom, Luann; and brother, Daulton Inspirations: Uncle Larry Bilyeau who served three tours in Vietnam Goals: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree, seeking a career with the Federal Aviation Administration Greatest feat: Living…

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ALS graduates 42 Thunderbolts

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated three staff sergeants and 39 senior airmen Feb. 7 from class 13-2. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Jeremy Trowbridge, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Shawn Hanger, 56th OSS; Sandrene Mc Farlane, 56th Aerospace Medical Squadron; and Semmi…

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Sleep your way to better fitness

Posted  February 15, 2013

Many people exercise well over what is required. Some people become addicted to running, lifting weights, CrossFit or playing their favorite sport. Although it is great to put extra effort into being fit, it is also important to properly rest muscles and get enough sleep. Overtraining is bad and can cause a lot of problems,…

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Homeschoolers get assist from Luke

Posted  February 15, 2013

For service members with children, home schooling can be a way to spend more time together as a family and can give parents more control over a child’s education. Across the country, home schooling is a trend that continues to gain popularity. In fact, according to the Department of Education Center for Education Statistics, the…

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Realistic financial goals set path for success

Posted  February 15, 2013

Whether it’s money needed for a college fund, car, future home or credit card debt, it is essential to plan ahead and create financial goals. “Financial goals enable us to properly plan where our money should be saved and spent,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist….

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Air Force News – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be “devastating” to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Defense Department officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. “Now…

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People First – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 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 chief…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb.1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 966. There were no injuries. Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report…

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