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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Air Force

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…

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CORY GOSSETT Air Force

Air Force sets Thunderbolt on path to passion

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Joshua Pant, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management apprentice, performs a deadlift during the powerlift competition at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Fitness Center. Judges watch each competitor to ensure good form as well as ensure the safety of competitors. A down on his luck Austin, Texas, native had bills…

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GRACE LEE Local

Luke welcomes new MXG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Col. Ricky Ainsworth took command of the 56th Maintenance Group Wednesday at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Maintenance Group changed leaders Wednesday as Col. Victor Mora relinquished command of the 56th MXG to Col. Ricky Ainsworth during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base. Ainsworth previously served…

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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.


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Sports

Sports Shorts – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Hand-2-hand combat John Biel, Marine Corps Bulk Fuel Company C and Daniel Rakowski, 56th Contracting Squadron, demonstrate Wednesday a technique used to help gain the upper hand when an opponent is on top during combat. The month-long Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combative course began Monday and participants will graduate Dec. 21 with a green…

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DoD

Top DOD enlisted visits Luke

Posted  November 16, 2012

Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a packed house of Airmen and Sailors during an enlisted call at Luke Air Force Base Tuesday. As the SEAC, Battaglia serves as the principal military advisor to the chairman and the secretary of defense on all…

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AF leaders brief BMT sexual misconduct investigation findings

Posted  November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders announced Wednesday to members of the press the results of the commander-directed investigation regarding the occurrences of sexual misconduct within basic military training between October 2010 and June 2011. The CDI was commissioned by Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training Command commander, June 20 based on substantiated reports of misconduct…

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Commentary

A mentoring moment: What’s your motivation?

Posted  November 16, 2012

What gets and keeps you going? Another way to ask this question is what motivates you? I firmly believe that when we know why we do something, we can use that as a compass to accomplish more. Knowing what motivates us will help us achieve our goals, both personal and professional. Growing up, many of…

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Facial hair tradition in military goes way back

Posted  November 16, 2012

There has always been a long-standing tradition of facial hair in the military. Over the centuries this tradition has evolved depending on the style and demand of the times. The Civil War saw some of the great military commanders sporting full beards that would put ZZ Top to shame. This trend most likely would have…

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Local

Gate schedules change to fit new culture

Posted  November 16, 2012

Service members throughout the Defense Department and the U.S. Air Force are experiencing extraordinary financial and manpower constraints – often both. As a result, the Air Education and Training Command has adopted the cost-conscious culture initiative, or C3, to adapt to today’s changing operational environment and shrinking budgets. In addition, units throughout the Air Force…

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Local Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

No Thunderbolt next week The Thunderbolt will not be published Nov. 23. Look for the next edition Nov. 30. For more information, call (623) 856-5998. Finance office closed The 56th Comptroller Squadron office will be closed Wednesday for Wingman Day. This includes the customer service office. If there is an emergency, or for more information,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 16, 2012

Airman 1st Class Britney Carter-Grimes 309th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Lavar Grimes, husband Education: Associate in criminal justice at Santa Fe College, pursued a bachelor’s in criminology at University of Florida Previous assignments: Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Inspirations: My younger siblings inspire me to…

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Salutes & Awards

Remembering …

Posted  November 16, 2012

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Master Sgt. Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group first sergeant, holds the American flag with fellow 308th Fighter Squadron Airmen during the opening ceremony of the Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets game Monday at the U.S. Airways Center. Veterans Day was observed by recognizing service members from all branches.

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Need for speed …

Posted  November 16, 2012

Aric Almirola, U.S. Air Force sponsored NASCAR driver, accompanies Capt. Adam Thornton, 308th Fighter Squadron director of scheduling, to the F-16 Fighting Falcon before an incentive flight Nov. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Almirola was in town for the Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale.

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