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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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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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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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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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Native American academy graduate shares thoughts

Posted  November 16, 2012

Luke Air Force Base members got a unique experience during the Native American Indian Heritage Month luncheon held Oct. 8 at Club 56. Retired Col. Daucey Brewington, a member of the Lumbee tribe, spoke to attendees about his life and the history of the U.S. and its native people. He is known for being the…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  November 16, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related Incidents Nov. 2: Security forces assisted Glendale police with a major vehicle accident off base. Nov. 5: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at the inbound lane of…

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SFS welcomes injured comrade

Posted  November 16, 2012

When deployed, going on missions outside the wire are part of the daily routine. On a good day everyone comes back safely. But Staff Sgt. Brian Williams can tell you every day isn’t a good day. Williams, a military working dog handler with the 87th Security Forces Squadron Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., deployed to Afghanistan…

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Chaplain thoughts – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

“Our future leaders (NCOs and officers) must possess faith, determination, and a positive attitude. I believe a positive attitude will carry you farther than ability.” ~ Master Sgt. Roy Benavidez Medal of Honor recipient In honor of Native American Indian Heritage Month, I chose this quote from a true American hero, a Congressional Medal of…

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