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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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3-M concept of leadership serves chief well

Posted  June 29, 2012

Whenever I am asked about my leadership methods, I always say, “I apply my Three-M concept: mentor, motivate and monitor.” Most people will discover at one time or another they have been in a leadership role, whether as a sibling, parent, boss, coach or sometimes as a team member. Realizing the profound impact one person…

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Resources available at Luke for domestic abuse prevention

Posted  June 29, 2012

Domestic abuse is a problem that can affect many families, including military families. According to the Defense Department Family Advocacy Program report, victims of domestic abuse include both men and women.

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News Briefs – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Changes of command 56th OG Col. Douglas Miller, 56th Operations Group commander, will relinquish command to Col. John Hanna at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 913. 56 LRS Lt. Col. Michael Davis, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Erin Cluff at 8 a.m. July 6 in Bldg. 291. 56th SFS…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Airman 1st Class MariaIsabel Cruz 56th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control Apprentice

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56th EMS change of command

Posted  June 29, 2012

Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Jeffrey Campbell June 22 as he assumes command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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E-6, E-7 selects announced

Posted  June 29, 2012

The following individuals have been selected for promotion:   Master sergeant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Robert Sheipline   Technical sergeant 56th Security Forces Squadron Brad Brown

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Learning ‘moving rules’ makes for better PCS experience

Posted  June 29, 2012

Last summer was a busy moving season, and this upcoming season promises to be the same for Airmen making a permanent change-of-station move. To alleviate any potential loss or damage to household goods, members who are moving should learn the rules under which household goods are moved, and prepare for a potential moving claim. Long…

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Downing fluids before running helps keep body hydrated, healthy

Posted  June 29, 2012

Summer’s here, temperatures are rising and for runners, it is important to stay hydrated to increase performance and prevent illness during and after a run. “When you’re running in a hot environment, you sweat, and as a result your blood volume decreases, so less blood returns to your heart,” said Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group…

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Fit Warrior of the Week – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

1st Lt. Joe Miller 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Project Management officer-in-charge

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Chaplain thoughts – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

  “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” ~ John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)   Americans willing to put their country before themselves is the epitome of patriotism. As we approach the Fourth of July, let us truly celebrate and remember…

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