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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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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Health & Safety

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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Air Force

Au revoir flightline, bonjour France

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Air Force provides many opportunities for Airmen to advance their careers. Some of those opportunities are Airmen Leadership School, Military Training Instructor School and the Air War College. One officer here at Luke is preparing to further his Air Force career by relinquishing command of the 310th Fighter Squadron and moving to France to…

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Salutes & Awards

Salutes and Awards

Posted  February 7, 2014

AETC names 2013 media contest winners The following individuals received 2013 Air Education and Training command awards: 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Story series: Senior Airman David Owsianka New writer: Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell TV news report: Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski TV sports report: Senior Airman William Branch MAJCOM announces prestigious maintenance honors The following…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Tanisha Pressley 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Years in service: One year Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, concentration in prelaw Inspirations: My family and the person I want to be Goals: To obtain a master’s degree in public administration and commission as a nurse Self-description:…

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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Street construction Road construction will begin next week and will result in one to two lane closures on streets on base. The dates of construction are Feb. 13 to 17 on Super Saber Street, March 17 to 28 on Starfighter Street and 143rd Avenue, and Feb. 24 to March 7 on Fighter Country Avenue. For…

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FSS holds town hall meetings on force shaping

Posted  February 7, 2014

Luke Air Force Base Airmen were provided with information on several new force management programs Jan. 29 and 30 during town hall meetings at the Luke AFB theater. “The force management program has been implemented to meet congressionally mandated end strength for current and future mission requirements,” said Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, 56th Force Support…

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F-35 parts roll in

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Robert Birkes, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, performs an operations check Jan. 30 on an AJ25 axle jack at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th EMS will be receiving new equipment for the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

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It’s your name on the right!

Posted  February 7, 2014

As you report in for the day and have an opportunity to read this article, take a look down at your uniform. Something that you should notice on the left side of your chest stitched in blue and placed closest to your heart is the U.S. Air Force tape. This speaks volumes to the commitment…

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Leadership in changes, challenges — it’s what we do

Posted  February 7, 2014

Changes and challenges have always been a part of military service. It has confronted Airmen from the beginning evolution of flight to today’s operational environment, ranging from near-peer adversaries to unconventional nonstate groups. History can recount Billy Mitchell’s multiple efforts through the 1920s advocating for an increased role of airpower and a separate service, challenging…

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AGE spins up with new equipment for F-35

Posted  February 7, 2014

When a group of people is considered to be some of the best in the Air Force at what they do, having new equipment added to their arsenal is a chance to show their skills. The men and women in the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Air Ground Equipment Flight are preparing to roll up their…

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House of Lightning …

Posted  February 7, 2014

FROM LEFT: Lt. Col. Jason Mitchell, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, 61st Fighter Squadron commander, cut the ribbon Jan. 30 on the new 61st FS operations building and the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit building at Luke Air Force Base. The two buildings…

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