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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Rodriguez 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman Hometown: Urbana, Ohio Years in service: Two Family: Husband, Airman 1st Class Miguel Rodriguez Education: Currently attending Rio Salado Community College for bachelor’s degree in nursing…

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Dancer, actress morphs into fighter

Posted  June 1, 2012

When someone says the word fighter what may come to mind is someone who is big, strong or muscular. Well, if those are the only things that come to mind, you will be amazed when meeting the 5'1"...

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Events

Tops in Blue comes to Luke

Posted  June 1, 2012

Coming to Phoenix for one night only, filled with music, dancing and fun. It’s not “American Idol” or “Dancing With the Stars,” it’s the Tops in Blue 2012 show. Tops in Blue is the Air Force premier performing group made up of 35 to 40 of the Air Forces’ most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Health & Safety

Stop drownings, silent killer

Posted  June 1, 2012

Fact: Drowning is the leading cause of death in Arizona among children 1 to 4 years old.   By the numbers  90 - People on average drown in Arizona each year 44 - Water-related incidents have been reported in Maricopa County so far this year 10 - of those 44 were deaths, including four children 2 - Arizona’s rank…

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What’s going into your tank?

Posted  June 1, 2012

Are you putting regular or premium foods in your tank? What you put in your stomach may affect not only your energy levels but your overall health. Similar to how a car’s performance is affected by the type of gas put in it, the human body’s performance can either be increased or decreased depending on…

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Salutes & Awards

Fit Warrior of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Danny Amparan 107th Air Control Squadron Support Equipment Assistant NCO in-charge   1. How do you stay fit? Work out three to four times a week by doing cardio (running) and light weight training. 2. What drives you to keep working out? It feels good to be healthy, and I have to keep…

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Air Force News June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Maryland The Navy and Air Force stand to save more than $2 billion after jointly developing an engine modification that will keep critically important aircraft flying for years. The two services and industry worked together to develop and field a modification to CFM International’s CFM56-2 (F108) engine, allowing them to restore exhaust gas temperature margins,…

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Local

Street Beat June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 18 through 23:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for one moving and two nonmoving violations.   Emergency responses May 18: Security forces responded to a report of suspicious activity possibly involving C-4 inside a vehicle at billeting. Patrols responded along with a K-9 unit,…

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People First June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 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.   Air…

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EFMP helps AF families with needs

Posted  June 1, 2012

There is no perfect family; they all have trials and hardships. In many cases the Air Force is prepared to assist. The Defense Department created the Exceptional Family Member Program to help families with...

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