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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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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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Luke’s AFNet migration begins Aug 27

Posted  July 20, 2012

As the Air Force continues transforming its cyber operations, 24th Air Force will establish a centralized user directory and e-mail service for all Air Force network users. The Air Force Network migration project will collapse all stand-alone environments into a single, integrated network structure under the operational control of one commander, creating one Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts – July 20, 2012

Posted  July 20, 2012

“At the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.” – Walt Disney It was this week in 1955 that Disneyland opened in California. Walt Disney was an amazing man who also had a deeply religious side….

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Air Force News – July 20, 2012

Posted  July 20, 2012

Arkansas Airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base recently received 721 iPads to be used as electronic flight bags for C-130 Hercules aircrews as part of Air Mobility Command’s effort to reduce paper waste and costs by replacing flight bags and loads of paperwork they hold with the electronic tablets.   New York Tactical Air Control…

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People First – July 20, 2012

Posted  July 20, 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.   Overseas…

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Train F-16 pilots – Luke’s mission

Posted  July 20, 2012

Luke Air Force Base may be home to the largest fighter wing in the Air Force, but the mission is different from other F-16 bases. In addition to maintaining deployment readiness, the mission here is to train F-16...

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Luke Air Force Base Quick Reference List

Posted  July 20, 2012

The 2011 base telephone directory is available for pick up at customer service at the base exchange, commissary and the Retiree Activities Office located in Bldg. 1150, Room 1181. For more information, call Joni Otsuka at (623) 856-7299. Do not discuss classified information on unsecure telephones. Official Defense Department telephones are subject to monitoring for…

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Stay safe while grilling

Posted  July 20, 2012

In 2009, more than 17,700 people were treated in emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.

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Luke exchange celebrates 117 years with savings

Posted  July 20, 2012

Luke exchange celebrates 117 years with savings Luke Air Force Base exchange facilities will mark the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s 117th birthday Wednesday with savings and specials. Shoppers using their Military Star® Card to fill up at the Express from Wednesday through July 27 will see a discount of 17 cents per gallon….

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Fly Over: ‘Savages’

Posted  July 20, 2012

In “Savages,” legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone has created a devastating American masterpiece of epic proportions. Based on the novel of the same name by Don Winslow and with a crackling screenplay co-written by...

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Fly Over: ‘Blunderbuss’

Posted  July 20, 2012

Every generation has musicians who make such a significant contribution to their art form that they become classics – the music will timelessly reverberate from the headphones of youths, failed musicians and all music lovers for generations to come.

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