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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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In Brief – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Contemporary Gospel Service celebration The Luke Air Force Base chapel will offer two services at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Luke Community chapel in honor of the Contemporary Gospel Service celebrating 37 years of history. Dr. Alfred Craig from the Arizona USA World Ministries and Rev. Gregory Chambliss from Solid Rock Baptist Church…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jan-Michael Wood 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: McLouth, Kan. Years in service: One Education: Associate degree in liberal arts Inspirations: This is my first time away from home, and the 62nd FS men and women have made me feel at home Goals: Complete a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering,…

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‘I am Air Force Energy’ campaign kicks off

Posted  October 12, 2012

October is Energy Action Month, and it provides an opportunity to promote energy and water conservation awareness to Airmen as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to inspire the Total…

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Continuing ed …

Posted  October 12, 2012

FROM LEFT: Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron, Senior Airman Eric Laughbaum, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Senior Airman Dedra Roach, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Andrew Combs, 56th Communications Squadron, Senior Airman Michael Palmer, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Mark Adams, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Staff Sgt. Carlos Cruz, 56th CMS, Tech….

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~ Lao Tsu         We often think in order to make a difference we must do something big. Yet I would contend it is often the small, random acts of kindness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. It may…

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Fiscal 2012: Books finally closed

Posted  October 12, 2012

Editor’s note: This is first in a series of articles on finance. Air Force financial managers take pride in executing the ABCs — accounting, budget and cost. Accounting is the first, and arguably, the most important competency. Did you know the Air Force prepares annual financial statements just like civilian companies? These financial statements are…

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Air Force News – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

F-22 mission takes Tyndall AFB to Air Combat Command Tyndall Air Force Base transitioned from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command Oct. 1 to reflect the new operational mission of the 325th Fighter Wing. As part of the F-22 fleet management program announced by the Air Force in July 2010, Tyndall Air…

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LRS keeps mission moving

Posted  October 12, 2012

Attention to detail is a must in preparing for a mission. Every aspect must be done following specific technical orders, regulations and policies.

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People First – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AFOSI introduces…

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Justice Report – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

The following is a report of justice and administrative actions for September: Courts-Martial A technical sergeant was found guilty of two specifications of Article 80, attempting to steal military property of a value of less than $500, two specifications of Article 112a, wrongful possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), and two specifications of Article 121,…

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