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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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Air Force News – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 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…

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Short sale assistance offered to military homeowners with government loans

Posted  February 8, 2013

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced changes to short sale policies that will make it easier for military homeowners with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages to honor financial commitments when they are issued a permanent-change-of-station order. Under the new policy Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue a deficiency judgment or any…

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Hit, run exercise hones response

Posted  February 8, 2013

Senior Master Sgt. Sandra Nunes, 56th Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, mixes costume makeup Jan. 30 to create the illusion of a compound leg fracture in preparation for a hit-and-run response exercise at Luke Air Force Base. By having mock wounds such as these, first responders are better able to react to the situations they come…

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Luke outpatient clinic will soon start using MiCARE to communicate with patients

Posted  February 8, 2013

Patients assigned to primary care managers at Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Clinic will soon be able to communicate with their PCM through a secure online email messaging service called MiCare. MiCare is an Internet-based Web portal with a confidential secure online email messaging service that allows beneficiaries to easily interact with their military healthcare…

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On-the-go app makes it easier to ‘be ready’

Posted  February 8, 2013

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Whether it’s an active shooter or natural disaster, when emergencies occur, it’s important to be prepared. Now, thanks to Air Force Emergency Management, there’s an app for that. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division here has developed an Air Force “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, for…

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Fly Over: ‘Warm Bodies’, ‘DmC: Devil May Cry’

Posted  February 8, 2013

In theaters: ‘Warm Bodies’ Zombies are so misunderstood I’ll be honest, I groaned (pun intended) when I first heard about the new zombie-romantic comedy film, “Warm Bodies.” While I wasn’t in-line with those claiming Hollywood is trying to do to zombies what they did to vampires, I thought it made for kind of a stupid…

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Training straight shooters

Posted  February 8, 2013

A look at combat arms training at Luke Air Force Base.

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Healthy restaurant eating possible

Posted  February 8, 2013

For most people trying to cut calories, keep an eye on cholesterol or simply improve overall health, “Would you like to go out to eat?” can be eight frightening words. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Every meal away from home increases an adult’s average daily calorie count by about 135 calories.” That probably…

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Troops-to-teachers program

Posted  February 8, 2013

For service members who have a passion for serving and are interested in continuing to serve in a different fashion outside the military, there is a program called Troops-to-Teachers. The TTT program assists eligible military personnel in taking the next steps to transition into a new career as an elementary, secondary, vocational or technical school…

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Sports Shorts – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

Wallyballers get air time   Michael Imholte, 56th FSS, spikes the ball over the net in the second wallyball game. Imholte’s hit scored a point for FSS.   Caitlin Williams, 56th Force Support Squadron, hits the ball to a teammate during the second wallyball game against 56th MOS. MOS defeated the FSS 25-21 during the…

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