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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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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 40

Posted  August 10, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated four staff sergeants and 36 senior airmen June 28 in Class 12-5. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:   56th Comptroller Squadron Wade Williams   56th Operations Support Squadron Clayton Legare and Staff Sgt. Courtney Ramstead   308th Fighter Squadron Michelle Stauffer   56th Maintenance…

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Reserve unit gives back to Anchorage hosts

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 944th Fighter Wing Annual Tour in Alaska this July allowed members of the team to volunteer in the local community. Twenty-eight members of the 944th Force Support Squadron split their day between...

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Chaplain thoughts – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” ~ Jesse Owens

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Health & Safety

Stretching muscles no small matter

Posted  August 10, 2012

There are various opinions out there in the fitness world on whether one should stretch before or after a workout. The answers may vary depending on who you ask, but here’s what the experts at Luke Air Force Base have to say.

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Street Beat – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incident July 27 through Aug. 2:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and 11 nonmoving violations.   Traffic-related incidents July 30: Security forces responded to a report of a trailer dislodged from a truck at the intersection of Eagle Street and Bong Lane. Patrols…

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Credit score: Good to have, use wisely

Posted  August 10, 2012

Having good credit can be beneficial in many ways, and when used correctly it can be an important tool to help pay for college, a new vehicle, furniture or a home. According to Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, credit is what permits one to borrow money…

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Health & Safety

Back-to-School? Don’t Forget This!

Posted  August 10, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that most children be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, and measles, mumps and rubella (all in one shot!) All of these diseases can cause serious health problems … and many schools won’t allow children to attend unless they are current on their vaccinations. TRICARE will cover…

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Air Force News – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

Texas Former basic military training instructor Tech. Sgt. Christopher Smith was found guilty of two specifications of unprofessional relationships with two basic trainees. His sentence included 30 days confinement and reduction in rank to airman 1st class.   Mississippi A Keesler Air Force Base medical technician saved a man from drowning while in Helen, Ga….

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People First – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 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.   AF…

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Team puts aircrew safety first

Posted  August 10, 2012

Before every flight takes off, before every pilot steps in an aircraft and even before a student arrives at Luke Air Force Base, a team of professionals makes sure they will be as safe as possible.

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