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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 5 through Oct. 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and one nonmoving violations. Emergency responses Oct. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a medical emergency located at Bldg. 179. The patient was transported to West Valley Hospital. Oct. 10: Security…

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MDOS decons victims in exercise

Posted  October 18, 2013

Airmen from 56th Medical Operations Squadron took part in a decontamination exercise Oct. 10 at the 56th Medical Group clinic.

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Fly Over: ‘Ip Man’, and ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′

Posted  October 18, 2013

‘Ip Man’ Being the Netflixer I am today, I came across a movie named “Ip Man” and honestly, I just looked at the high rating it earned and decided to watch it. “Ip Man” is a film from Hong Kong and is, to some extent, based on the life of Yip Man, grandmaster of the…

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Domestic Abuse Hotline Online: 623-255-3487

Posted  October 18, 2013

Luke Air Force Base has a Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate service available 24/7 that’s free and confidential. Individuals can call and get questions answered regarding domestic violence without having to disclose identifying information. Purpose: To help serve victims and potential victims of domestic abuse Eligibility: Limited to active-duty members and their spouses, although other Luke…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 18, 2013

“What we are finding is that religious involvement seems to be an unintended consequence, not the goal of people who become religious.” — Dr. Harold Koenig You’ve heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but can prayer keep the doctor away? Dr. Harold Koenig, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at…

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EOD blows it up

Posted  October 18, 2013

The sun blazed down as they hiked and climbed through the rough terrain. As the search for improvised explosive devices continued they were forced into a defensive stance, firing at enemy targets.

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Energy efficiency gives AF air, space, cyberspace advantage

Posted  October 18, 2013

October, Energy Action Month, provides an opportunity for Airmen to learn more about the impact of energy to the Air Force’s mission as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to…

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This Week in History

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Towed aerial target retrieval. Oct. 14, 2003: Towed aerial target era ends Before 1956, aircraft on the Barry M. Goldwater Range used tow targets for air-to-air training. Another aircraft towed the targets behind them for the trailing aircraft’s pilot to hone his or her gunnery skills. The towed aerial targets took on the…

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People First – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 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. New Air…

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Air Force News – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

Shutdown endangers reserve component readiness Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness. Within the Defense Department, the reserve components are the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. The Coast…

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