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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – Sept. 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Senior Airman Andrew Carr 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Pest Management Journeyman Hometown: Wanette, Okla. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Abigail; and son, Connor, 1 month Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: Without my family, I probably never would have considered this path Goals: Obtain a Community…

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Sports

Bowling champions, clinic draws crowd

Posted  September 21, 2012

Norm Duke, professional bowler, demonstrates how to plant the feet when bowling Sunday during the Next Level Bowling clinic at Thunderbolt Lanes on Luke Air Force Base. The clinic included on-lane instruction with Duke and bowling pro Randy Pedersen along with a trick shot exhibition, challenge match, and photo and autograph session. Two champion bowlers,…

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Young maintainer rises to top of MXG

Posted  September 21, 2012

Luke Air Force Base’s top maintainer spent his childhood hopping from location to location as a “Navy brat.” Though he was never quite sure where his family’s travels would take him, he knew where he wanted to land as an adult.

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Airmen urged to re-enlist, extend current enlistments before MilPDS upgrade

Posted  September 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are urging Regular Air Force Airmen who are eligible to re-enlist or extend their current enlistment in December and early January 2013 to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections or force support squadrons by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays…

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Health & Safety

Improved system puts bug in ear about referrals

Posted  September 21, 2012

The Military Health System recently implemented a new referral reminder system for patients assigned to Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Clinic primary care managers who have a referral for specialty care. The new referral reminder system, implemented in July, will help identify incomplete referrals and improve receipt of medical records by the clinic after specialty…

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Street Beat – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following issues Sept. 7 through 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 15 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in the commissary parking lot. Sept. 8: Security forces responded to a report of a…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

“Hence we must be versatile, our tactics must be susceptible to change, and our commanding officers must have ingenuity and imagination.” ~ Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold Happy 65th Birthday U.S. Air Force! (Sept. 18, 1947). The words from General Arnold to a fledgling Air Force still ring so true today. Yes, our commanders must have…

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People First – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Maintenance training on track to support F-35A As the Air Force begins its Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35A Lightning II, maintenance training to support the joint strike fighter is also preparing for key program milestones. Though the first “pipeline” students — basic military training graduates — don’t begin training until January 2014, the two…

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Warriors, civilians face off

Posted  September 21, 2012

Janelle Delacruz, 56th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, finishes a 400-meter lap carrying a 20-pound medicine ball as team member, Edmund Spivak, far right, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, begins his leg of the “hurry up and wait” challenge during the Warrior PT Challenge Sept. 7 at the Bryant Fitness Center track.  …

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  September 21, 2012

On DVD: ‘The Woman in Black’ by Jayson Burns Despite being a big fan of horror movies, I don’t immediately jump to see every single one that hits the theaters. However, when I saw that ghostly face materialize right beside Daniel Radcliff at the end of the trailer for “The Woman in Black,” I knew…

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