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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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News Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

Holiday hours All vendors in the Exchange and commissary complex will be closed Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Exchange concession hours vary for Nov. 29, 30 and 31. Check with individual vendors. Dorm holiday party The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel and Fighter Country Partnership are hosting a dorm–dwellers holiday party 6 p.m. Dec….

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Salutes & Awards

Fighter pilot goes above, beyond call of duty

Posted  November 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Maj. Adam Thornton, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, stands next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Thornton deployed to Aviano in support of Operation Unified Protector where he received an Air Medal for acts above and beyond the call of duty. “It was dusk, one of the worst times…

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Developmental special duty: Are you ready to answer call?

Posted  November 15, 2013

Recently, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody introduced an initiative referred to as “development special duty” that will enhance how we currently develop our enlisted force. Commanders will nominate their best performers to serve in select special duty positions to ensure, as the chief states, “we have the right enlisted Airmen in…

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We all need to be resilient

Posted  November 15, 2013

If you think you’ve had your fair share of resiliency training, I understand, but I urge you to continue reading and take this article as a book review. My hope is that after you’ve read my message, it will convince you to go to the base library to check out a copy of “Unbroken” by…

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Old fuel tank gets facelift

Posted  November 15, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Ed Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels terminal superintendent, stands above a fuel tank under renovation Oct. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. This JP-8 jet fuel tank is the largest at Luke and was built in the 1940s. The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight is renovating a fuel…

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Arizona Cardinals visit Luke

Posted  November 15, 2013

Capt. Michael Mickus, 62nd Fighter Squadron scheduling chief, speaks to Arizona Cardinals football players during a meet and greet Nov. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Hangar 913. Cardinals players and cheerleaders visited Luke, received a mission brief and greeted more than 300 Airmen.

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Sports Shorts – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Michael Dicicco, left, 56th Security Forces Squadron, guards the base during an intramural sports game at Luke Air Base. Dicicco is actively involved in four sports and encourages his Airmen to get involved too. Sports build better Airman by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs How many multisport athletes…

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‘Hot’ times had at Campout

Posted  November 22, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Jason Phillip, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight assistant NCO in charge, feeds a s’more to his daughter, Brielle, 2, while sitting at one of the fire pots made available to campers for roasting marshmallows. The next family campout is scheduled for mid-April 2014.   Sydney Bradley, 13, fills a tube with sugar…

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Fly Over: ‘Bridegroom’, and ‘V/H/S/2′

Posted  November 22, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Bridegroom’ It’s been a year of joyful tears, celebration and relief for members of the gay community with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, but it wasn’t always this way. A friend of mine recommended I watch a documentary titled “Bridegroom.” She said the movie touched…

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Justice Report

Posted  November 22, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in the third quarter: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • An airman first class was found guilty of underage drinking, drunk driving and making a false official statement. The member received forfeiture of $1,266 pay per month for three months,…

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