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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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This week in history

Posted  December 13, 2013

1973: YF-16 rolls out General Dynamic (now Lockheed-Martin) rolled out the first YF-16 prototype aircraft 40 years ago today from its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. Tail number 72-1567 was to compete with the YF-17 in a fly-off. The winner would win the contract to replace the aging Republic F-105 Thunderchief and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  December 13, 2013

AETC announces yearly SFS awards The following individuals are 2013 AETC Security Forces individual award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Ann Sweigart Civilian: Loran Allen Annual, quarterly staff agency winners named Fighter Wing staff agencies The following individuals are annual award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Jenna Sarvinski, Public Affairs NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson, Information…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  December 13, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams 61st Fighter Squadron Aviation resource management Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business Inspirations: My family and friends Goals: Complete a master’s degree in education Famous last words: “Never give up!” Off-duty interests: Skiing, reading, spending time with friends Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Williams has…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday which will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with…

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Entering Air Force same as joining new family

Posted  December 13, 2013

Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Oumaima Lehnoud, 56th Security Forces Squadron security patrol and entry controller, guides a vehicle through the South Gate search pit Nov. 12 on Luke Air Force Base. Taking a step to “cross into the blue” can be intimidating, exciting and full of unknowns, but once in, it not only brings…

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LRS refuels German C-160

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo A German C-160 aircraft sits at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport Nov 14. Senior Airman Kyle Barna and Staff Sgt. Tabius Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, were dispatched to refuel the aircraft and support the German air force who conducts basic flight training there. Airmen from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight…

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The dirty dollar

Posted  December 13, 2013

Have you ever glanced down at the ground to see the distinct green of a crisp, clean dollar bill? I am willing to bet if you did, you would have picked it up. The question is if that dollar was crumpled up and dirty, would you have picked it up anyway? Would you have straightened…

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Be prepared

Posted  December 13, 2013

Leading Airmen happens at every level and preparation is the key to success. A couple of weeks ago I watched two Airmen lead the clinic through resiliency training. As I looked at the members of the family health clinic I felt many things. The medics unabashedly participated in the training led by two Airmen who…

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AETC commander visits Luke

Posted  December 13, 2013

The top officer in Air Education and Training command, Gen. Robin Rand, a former wing commander here, and his wife, Kim, visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 4 through 6 to talk to Airmen about his priorities and vision for the command. “The best part of the job is to come out here and have…

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Sports Shorts – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Winter games bring out unusual events Second Lt. Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron Logistics Flight officer in charge, takes on the challenge of the dizzy bat race on day one of the winter games. Participants made ten full clockwise rotations before running to first base. The games were Dec. 9 through 13 and included…

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