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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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AF reservist finds new mission in Ethiopia

Posted  April 11, 2014

Courtesy photo Capt. Amy West, an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office, poses with her husband and son July 27, 2013, in front of the Blue Nile waterfall in Ethiopia. West works as a civilian for the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia as a community liaison office coordinator. Capt. Amy…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Perry Vitali Jr. 56th Security Forces Squadron Element leader Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in criminal justice and a master physical trainer certification at the International Sports Sciences Association Previous assignments: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Osan Air Base, South…

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News Briefs April 11, 2013

Posted  April 11, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a natural disaster exercise today, which will include military, local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with…

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Instructor pilot selected as Olmsted scholar

Posted  April 11, 2014

Courtesy photo Capt. Daniel Wynn, 56th Operations Support Squadron operations flight commander, prepares to refuel in an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a combat mission over Afghanistan in August 2011. For many U.S. military members, living in a foreign country is common place. In fact, many Americans join the military for that opportunity, but few can…

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Personal improvement, goal setting all part of leadership

Posted  April 11, 2014

In preparation for the changes in regard to officer and enlisted performance reports, and force management issues, it is important to reflect on personal improvement and goal setting. This topic is close to my heart and revolves around leadership. As officers, leaders and mentors, we can all benefit from refreshing our vigilance and attention to…

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Three steps to avoid ‘toxic leadership’

Posted  April 11, 2014

Toxic leadership. Sadly, this term has recently become vogue in the lexicon of the Defense Department to describe leaders possessing unfavorable leadership characteristics and whose actions eventually rot an organization from the inside out. Examples of these leaders drape across the weekly headlines and sound bites of newspapers, radio and television. “Leaders” who become drunk…

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Airmen shave heads for pilot’s son battling cancer

Posted  April 11, 2014

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 62nd Fighter Squadron recently shaved their heads to support a deceased officer’s son who is battling with cancer. Second Lt. Dave Mitchell, former 62nd FS pilot, lost his life during a training mission in 2008 at Luke Air Force Base. Five years later, his son Brayden was diagnosed…

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Airman leaves AF to pursue college B-ball career

Posted  April 11, 2014

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, shoots a jump shot during a game against the 56th Security Forces Squadron at the Bryant Fitness Center. Paul is finishing out his Air Force commitment and plans to pursue a spot on the Morris College Hornets basketball team in South Carolina. Some Airmen have…

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Sports Shorts – April 18, 2014

Posted  April 18, 2014

Army knocks 56th CS out of tournament Dean Perry, 56th Communications Squadron official mail manager, dodges a defender from the Phoenix Army Recruiting Battalion during the double-elimination tournament April 9 at Luke Air Force Base. Despite their best efforts, the CS team lost 49-59, ending their run in the tournament. Andre Lanns, Phoenix Army Recruiting…

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Birthed in 40s, 69th FS tradition continues

Posted  April 18, 2014

One of the components to the 944th Fighter Wing’s mission success is the 69th Fighter Squadron. The unit’s lineage dates back to November 1940 when it was constituted as the 69th Pursuit Squadron and two years later it was redesignated the 69th Fighter Squadron. Originally an operational and replacement training unit, the 69th FS has…

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