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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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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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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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Street Beat – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 13 through 19:

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Mouth guard may save pearly whites

Posted  July 27, 2012

The Tooth Fairy loves to visit at night and leave money in exchange for teeth that have fallen out, right? But, you wouldn’t want her to visit uninvited just because that hockey stick blind-sided you in the face at yesterday’s game. Now you’re two teeth shy of a perfect grill (smile) because you chose not…

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Justice Report – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June:   Courts-martial A senior airman was found guilty of Article 92, failure to obey general regulation by wrongful use of bath salts, two specifications of Article 112a, wrongful use of a controlled substance and Article 128,…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  July 27, 2012

Capt. Mark Vahle, 308th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, speaks with pilot for a day Jensen Harris, 13, July 18, and her mother during the pilot for a day event at Luke Air Force Base. Vahle took Harris to...

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Air Force News – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Colorado An Air Force Reservist was killed and another was wounded during the mass shooting at an Aurora theater July 20. Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, was among the 12 fatalities and another Air Force Reservist was among 58 wounded during a midnight shooting rampage at the Century 16 multiplex, about 10 miles from downtown…

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People First – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 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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Honor among the guard

Posted  July 27, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard members bear the casket of a military veteran to the graveside. The Honor Guard is responsible for rendering final military honors to veterans across the state.

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Building nest egg powers retirement, education goals

Posted  July 27, 2012

Having a savings plan can be important for those who want to retire, buy a house or just have extra money available in case of an emergency. According to Susan Wilinski, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, starting a savings plan is essential for unplanned events. “Things happen, sometimes…

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Keep safety in mind when vacationing

Posted  July 27, 2012

If you’re planning a vacation in a warm climate, be sure to pack sunscreen, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, sun hats, sunglasses and a cooler with water.

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Vehicle GPS units: What everyone needs to know

Posted  July 27, 2012

We love our cars. We become dependent on them. We rely on our cars to not only get us to and from work but in many cases to tell us how to get where we want to go.

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