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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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Street Beat – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 29 through July 5:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and five nonmoving violations.   Traffic-related incidents June 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1514. There were no injuries. June 29: Security forces responded…

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Chaplain thoughts July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” ~ Hamilton Fish   We often speak in the military of laying our lives down in defense of our nation — the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. What…

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Luke celebrtes freedom

Posted  July 13, 2012

The base held its annual Freedom Fest event July 4 at Fowler Park. Events included face painting, music, concessions, dancing and...

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Hiking safety

Posted  July 13, 2012

During the summer, especially during excessive heat warnings, the safest course is to avoid hiking. If you must hike, the safest times are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

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Fly Over: Magic Mike: Mike not nearly so magic

Posted  July 13, 2012

I had no real intention of going to see “Magic Mike.” To be honest, I didn’t even know it was a movie until a few days before I saw it.

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Fly Over: Magic Mike: In Florida, male strippers earn their keep

Posted  July 13, 2012

When Channing Tatum was 19, he worked for a while as an exotic dancer in Tampa, Fla., going by the moniker “Chan Crawford,” and wow, does this dude have some moves.

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Biosphere 2: Where science lives

Posted  July 13, 2012

Biosphere 2 offers one of Time Life’s 50 must-see “Wonders of the World,” and a great weekend destination right in our own backyard.

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TRICARE travel tips: keeping members covered

Posted  July 13, 2012

When you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is your medical coverage. These five small steps can help you avoid unexpected issues during your travels – even if you change TRICARE regions.   Keep DEERS updated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System record is the key…

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Command post

Posted  July 13, 2012

Senior Airman Tyler Rawlings runs a quick-reaction checklist as Senior Airman Austin Kelley broadcasts the termination of an in-flight emergency over the 56th Fighter Wing commander’s net at the command post.

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Fitness center offers Thunderbolts ways to exert

Posted  July 13, 2012

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during her workout routine July 3 at the Combat PT Center.

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