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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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Outcomes successful when everyone knows ‘Big Picture’

Posted  July 20, 2012

When I enlisted in the Air Force 29 years ago, I didn’t really know my organization’s overall mission. At the time I didn’t understand what my leaders or the organization were trying to achieve. I was but one small cog in a large machine. I thought all I needed was to do what I was…

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Luke experts train local firefighters on suicide prevention

Posted  July 20, 2012

A sudden increase in the firefighter suicide rate resulted in two experts from Luke Air Force Base spreading their suicide-intervention knowledge throughout local fire departments in the Phoenix area.

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News Briefs – July 20, 2012

Posted  July 20, 2012

56th MOS change of command Maj. Christopher Chestnut, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. James Schieser at 7:30 a.m. today in Bldg. 485.   Scholarships The Luke Enlisted Spouses Club is now accepting applications for two $500 scholarships for spouses of active-duty or deceased members. To get an application, go to…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – July 20, 2012

Posted  July 20, 2012

Staff Sgt. Alton Wingate

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TRS gets new leader

Posted  July 20, 2012

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Matthew Liljenstolpe July 13 as he assumes command of the 56th Training Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at...

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MSgt selects announced

Posted  July 20, 2012

The following technical sergeants were selected for promotion to master sergeant:   Kristina O’Meara, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Michael Perry, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron      

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New LRS commander

Posted  July 20, 2012

Col. Philippe Darcy, then 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Erin Cluff July 6 as she assumes...

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Drinking water report released

Posted  July 20, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base 2011 annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality was released July 9 by the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight. The Environmental Protection Agency requires this report be available to the consuming public. The consumer confidence report describes the presence of contaminants that may be in the drinking…

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Fiber plays important role in digestion, cancer prevention

Posted  July 20, 2012

When thinking of a balanced diet, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and dairy may come to mind, but what about fiber? According to Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group registered nurse, fiber, which is also called roughage or bulk, is the plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb, unlike fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Perkins-Garner said there…

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