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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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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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Chaplain thoughts – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

“Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine … far from being rivals or enemies; religion and law are friends and mutual assistants.” - James Wilson

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Moving day…

Posted  July 27, 2012

Tech. Sgt. James Lopez, 56th Operations Support Squadron, left, and Tech. Sgt. Richard Randall, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, stack furniture July 20 at Bldg. 533. Furniture from the building is being shipped to Vance Air Force Base, Okla., where it’s needed.

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Welcome, new fathers, to DADS 101

Posted  July 27, 2012

When parents get the news they are having a baby, most are overjoyed. Soon after, a slew of meetings and classes start for the soon-to-be parents. But let’s face it. Most of these classes are designed to give information to the mother — child bearing, Lamaze, nursing, etc.

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Fly Over: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Posted  July 27, 2012

Did we want a new Spider-Man movie? Not really. Did we need to see the origin story redone? Possibly. Did that stop the movie from being amazing? No.

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Fly Over: ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’

Posted  July 27, 2012

I’m sorry to say that “Welcome to the Fishbowl,” Kenny Chesney’s 15th studio album released June 19, doesn’t add any new classics to the Chesney canon and comes as a bit of a disappointment...

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Birthday smile

Posted  July 27, 2012

Airman 1st Class Brando Sompie, 56th Force Support Squadron food services representative, participates in a surf n’ turf meal July 12 during the quarterly free birthday meal for dorm residents at the Ray V. Hensman dining facility.

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Scuba lessons provide underwater play

Posted  July 27, 2012

Brishon Jones, 15, son of retired Senior Master Sgt. Larry Jones, swims at the bottom of the pool during the buoyancy exercise.

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Sports Shorts – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Start Smart basketball Start Smart basketball, a developmentally appropriate introductory basketball program for children ages 3 to 5, is 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays Aug. 14 through Sept. 18 at the youth center. Sign-up is limited to 15 participants. For more information, call (623) 856-7470.   Scuba diving classes A two-day scuba diving class will…

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Luke continues to support F-35 mission at Eglin AFB

Posted  July 20, 2012

As part of a plan to prepare the 33rd Fighter Wing for the arrival of the F-35, Luke Air Force Base sent some assets to Eglin Air Force Base...

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Focus on Appearance – July 20, 2012

Posted  July 20, 2012

Did you know... Fingernails are not to exceed ¼-inch in length past the tip of the finger. They are not to interfere with duty performance or hinder proper fit of prescribed safety equipment or uniform items.

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