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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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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  January 24, 2014

Jan. 22, 1944: Allies invade, take Anzio Courtesy photo Maj. Gen. Charles McCorkle Seventy years ago, the Allies landed on the beaches at Anzio, Italy. The operation’s name was Operation Shingle. The 56th Fighter Group did not take part in the operation. But, the current 56th Fighter Wing has a number of connections to the…

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Emerald Knights graduation

Posted  January 24, 2014

308th FS graduates 8 to combat air force Courtesy Photo Class 13-ZBG graduates eight fighter pilots today. They are, from left, lst Lts. Kaitlin Meiser, Eric Anderson and Andrew Buttitta; Capts. John Waters and Matthew Tucker; and 1st Lts. Dominic Collins, Michael Arnold and Andrew Taylor. Their hometowns and follow-on bases are listed below. Today…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  January 24, 2014

AFRC names colonel selects The following lieutenant colonels were selected for promotion to colonel in the 944th Fighter Wing: Scott Banning, 924th Fighter Group Gerald Brown, 69th Fighter Squadron Michael Chesser, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron William James, 924th FG John Lyons, 69th FS Douglas Meyers, 944th Operations Group Groups announce annual award winners The following…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 24, 2014

Airman 1st Class Shaylah McKinney 56th Force Support Squadron Customer service technician Hometown: Elmira, N.Y. Years in service: One Family: Youngest of four siblings, mother and step-dad Inspirations: My oldest sister Jennifer, who retires from the Air Force next year, and my mother Goals: Retire as a chief after 30 years, graduate with under-graduate and…

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News Briefs January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Medical records: keeping personal file in order

Posted  January 24, 2014

If you have ever been to the 56th Medical Group clinic, you may have noticed there are quite a few patients there. Every one of them has a file that tells their medical history and helps doctors review what has happened. Keeping all of those files in order is a monumental task. Luckily, there is…

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AETC updates mission, vision statements

Posted  January 24, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Education and Training Command has updated its mission and vision statements, focusing on its roots — recruiting, training, educating and innovation. The new mission statement, “Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America,” speaks to the charge of the Air Force’s First Command and the vital…

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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted  January 24, 2014

Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we still rely on the…

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Core values run deep, blue

Posted  January 24, 2014

What do the Air Force core values mean to you? As we were all taught in basic military training, the core values are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. However, there is a deeper meaning to our core values than just these three phrases. In accordance with Air Force Pamphlet…

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70 lbs of fight …

Posted  January 24, 2014

Maj. Sid Mirghani, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, performs a 70-pound weighted squat Jan. 18 while training for an upcoming CrossFit competition at Luke Air Force Base. Look for the story in the Jan. 31 issue of the Thunderbolt.

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