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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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This Week in History

Posted  November 8, 2013

Col. Hubert Zemke, 56th Fighter Group commander, made a promise to his group, which was to be the first fighter group in the European theater to reach 100 aerial victories by Sadie Hawkins Day, Nov. 6, 1943.

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Part-time door gunner, full-time Soldier

Posted  November 8, 2013

Bill Medinger walked past the long line of customers at the Luke Air Force Base commissary and greeted each one.

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Ashby turns dream into reality

Posted  November 8, 2013

Sometimes someone’s life can take a profound and unexpected turn by being in the right place at the right time.

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Pilot realizes childhood dream, still serves

Posted  November 8, 2013

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell poses with his A-10 Thunderbolt II in 1979 at the Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England. Mitchell’s military flying career took him around the world to places like South Korea, Colorado, and more, flying the A-10, then the F-16 Fighting Falcon. As a child he always dreamed of…

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Vet turns tragedy to triumph

Posted  November 8, 2013

Courtesy photo Steve Martin, retired Army military police officer, performs a fire hose drag Sept. 6 at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. Martin, currently an Arizona Highway Patrol officer, deployed to Afghanistan embedded with an Army infantry unit. He lost both of his legs after his humvee hit a roadside bomb. It…

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Tuskegee Airman conquered many frontiers

Posted  November 8, 2013

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. Asa Herring We often hear the term, “larger than life,” which defines a person’s life as being filled with extraordinary events and accomplishments; a life in which a person overcame obstacles and had achievements, which at the time seemed impossible. Meet retired Lt. Col. Asa Herring, whose body of work…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Erin Watson 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace Medical Technician Hometown: Peoria, Ill. Years in service: 11 Family: Son, Kaleb, 6; daughter, Kamryn, 4 Education: Pursuing a public health science degree at American Military University Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany Inspirations: My mom raised five kids on her own, working full and part…

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Acting SecAF visits Luke AFB

Posted  November 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Luke Airmen at an all-call Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Fanning discussed issues facing the Air Force, including sequestration and the importance of preventing sexual assault. Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Luke Air Force Base…

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PME – Building Air Force future

Posted  November 8, 2013

Leadership is a trait that we all desire and strive to become better at no matter what level we are. Leadership knows no one specific career field or specialty. It is applicable across all aspects of life. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said it best, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you…

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Veterans: Never stop serving

Posted  November 8, 2013

As our nation prepares to celebrate its 94th Armistice or Veterans Day, it is surprising to find out that there is no standardized legal definition of a military veteran. Generally, each time Congress passed a new law authorizing and creating a new veteran benefit, they included eligibility requirements, for example the Post-9/11 G.I. educational benefits….

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