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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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People First June 15, 2012

Posted  June 15, 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.   AF…

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VBS at Luke: Fun, food, friends

Posted  June 15, 2012

Children color crosses during Vacation Bible School in the Luke Air Force Base Chapel June 6. Food, skits, and arts and crafts were included at the three-day event designed to teach and reinforce...

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Fast Car Friday

Posted  June 15, 2012

Classic cars and sports cars sit in front of the 21st Fighter Squadron as part of Fast Car Friday, June 1 at Luke Air Force Base. This event will take place most Fridays and allows Airmen to showcase their vehicles.

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56th MDG now offering school sports physicals

Posted  June 15, 2012

It’s that time of year again to schedule children for annual sports physicals. Children enrolled in Family Health or Pediatrics who need an annual sports physical for school should schedule an appointment through the central appointment line at (623) 856-2273 (CARE) for June 21, July 10 or 26, or Aug 7. Appointment times are between…

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Justice Report June 15, 2012

Posted  June 15, 2012

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in May.   Courts-Martial A senior airman was found guilty of Article 111, driving while drunk. The member received a sentence of confinement for 10 days, reduction to E-2, forfeiture of $1,114 and restriction to base for 20 days….

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Smiles make long days worth it

Posted  June 15, 2012

Reserve and Guard members from 10 units including the 944th Fighter Wing recently wrapped up a deployment to the Dominican Republic where they provided nonstop medical, dental and optical care.

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Fly Over: ‘That’s My Boy’

Posted  June 15, 2012

In “That’s My Boy” Donny Burger (Adam Sandler) conquers the Mount Everest of adolescent quests – his math teacher Ms. Mary McGarricle (Eva Amurri Martino). An educator preying on her student is a serious crime, but then again what teenage boy hasn’t fantasized about a teacher or two? The difference between Donny and the rest…

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Fly Over: ‘The Giant Mechanical Man’

Posted  June 15, 2012

Chris Messina is the only redeeming element (and even then, only partly redeeming) in the lackluster 2012 romantic comedy, “The Giant Mechanical Man,” an independent film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Messina has good on-screen presence, but unfortunately his performance doesn’t...

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Stay hydrated to prevent heat injury

Posted  June 15, 2012

  Facts The amount of fluids a person needs depends on a variety of things including body size, sweat rate, amount of activity and environment. Under normal circumstances, women should consume at least 91 ounces of fluid a day and men at least 125. Only 45 to 50 percent of daily hydration comes from drinking…

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Young minds…

Posted  June 15, 2012

Participants in the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals program are shown a maintenance dock June 1 by Master Sgt. Craig Wright, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit production superintendent.

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