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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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Sports

Luke dominates the diamond

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base softball team has taken to the field in six tournaments this season and has dominated the play by placing in three of them. Teams receive points based on tournament placing. “We try our best to have fun, represent ourselves and represent the name on our chest (Luke AFB) the best…

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Sports Shorts – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14 and receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the…

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Civil Air Patrol helps Luke grow

Posted  August 10, 2012

Unbeknownst to many, there is a small squadron at Luke Air Force Base with the sole purpose of helping the base in unconventional ways.

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62nd AMU makes way for F-35

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit moved to building 495 July 14 to provide space for the F-35 project. Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Ewing, 62nd AMU superintendant, said that it was an important move. “As the F-35 jets transition here to Luke, we needed to get out of that building so we can start to build…

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Rebuttal could be Airman’s friend

Posted  August 10, 2012

In today’s Air Force we are smaller in numbers and expected to do great work in support of the warfighting mission. Commanders and supervisors deal with personnel issue’s on a daily basis and expect everyone to have the integrity to do what is right to ensure the mission succeeds. Why then do commanders and supervisors…

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Leadership necessary for Airman morale in 21st century

Posted  August 10, 2012

It is our duty as NCOs to ensure that we maintain high morale in ourselves and our Airmen.

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F-35 beckons press

Posted  August 10, 2012

Local Phoenix media representatives record Luke Air Force Base officials Aug. 1 during a press conference held in the wing headquarters building announcing the decision for the F-35A Lightning II to be at Luke.

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Local

Base housing changes underway

Posted  August 10, 2012

Over the past few months there have been several changes made in base housing such as to its appearance, who is allowed to live there and what Balfour Beaty Communities offers for residents. According to Robert Worley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Asset Management Flight chief, BBC has renovated older homes and built 101 new homes,…

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News Briefs – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

62nd FS change of command Lt. Col. Brian Jackson, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 1022.   Operation KIDS Operations KIDS is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Camp Thunderbolt, Bldg. 400 on Luke Air Force Base. It is a simulated…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the week – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

Staff Sgt. Cambria Odell

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