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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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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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USB devices ‘non grata’ to DOD computers

Posted  August 17, 2012

The use of USB flash drives is prohibited on Defense Department systems. Below are the most frequently asked questions: Q. What’s the harm if I’m just using a little power? A. Anything that plugs into a government system via USB can draw power, as well as transfer data. Q. But I turned it off. So…

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Planning finances pays off big-time

Posted  August 17, 2012

For those living paycheck to paycheck or wondering where all the money goes every month, making a budget may be worth looking into. Budgeting can allow for financial freedom, according to Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist. “A properly executed budget with enough income to cover all…

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People First – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 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. Program to…

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Street Beat – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 3 through 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at Bldg. 1223. There were no injuries. Aug. 9: Security forces responded to a report…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

“You must love soldiers in order to understand them, and understand them in order to lead them.” ~Henri Turenne

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Welsh ‘humbled’ to serve as Air Force chief of staff

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service’s 20th chief in a ceremony here Aug. 10. Gen. Mark Welsh III, a 36-year Airman, stepped into the position, taking over for Gen. Norton Schwartz, who also retired from the Air Force during the ceremony....

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Dogged determination wins training day

Posted  August 17, 2012

While police have long relied on dogs to sniff out drugs, the military’s embrace of dogs trained to detect bombs is saving lives on the frontline. K-9 officers from all across the region got a chance to see those furry heroes in action at a series of training events last month in Payson, Ariz.....

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Sports injuries hurt more than just today

Posted  August 17, 2012

If a professional athlete dislocates a joint or tears a ligament, it makes the news. But anyone who plays sports can be injured. While all Airmen should be in good physical condition, family members may not be as ready for summer activities. Whether or not a person is conditioned, injuries can happen. “Staying active lowers…

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Fly Over: “The Campaign”, “Space Marine”

Posted  August 17, 2012

Through the eyes of a foreign friend of mine Will Ferrell embodies the American male – unseemly, dull-witted, loud and ignorant, but with a ton of misguided confidence whose moral compass wanes in the presence of power, greed and faux beauty...

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News Briefs – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Natural disaster exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an emergency management exercise Thursday within the perimeter of the base. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Those on base may see explosions, smoke,…

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