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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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Det. 12 drives tomorrow’s crew chiefs today

Posted  May 18, 2012

Ross Magedoff grew up watching the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds perform at air shows thinking, ‘It’s amazing what they do; that’s something I may want to do one day.’ Little did he know, the now Airman first class’s career would take him to the exact jet the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s Aerial…

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It’s your career…take care of it

Posted  May 18, 2012

There once was a time where you could safely assume that if you did a decent job and stayed out of trouble you could carry your career out until 20 years or more and retire. If you had a few bumps in the road or slowly progressed through the ranks, no worries, your retirement was…

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Know how to manage your money

Posted  May 18, 2012

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a staggering statistic: 78 percent of all NFL players are in some sort of financial distress three years after leaving the NFL. While divorce was cited as the most common cause, “basic financial irresponsibility” played a large factor. While I don’t know what the…

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Top Hats graduate 15 combat pilots in ceremony today

Posted  May 18, 2012

The mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to, “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.” Fifteen graduates of the F-16 Initial Qualification Course, Class 11-EBG, will cross the stage today and enter the Combat Air...

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sergeant Roger Tremblay 56th Training Squadron/OLB NCOIC of Weapons and Tactics Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Savanna; Daughters, Ansley and Emery Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle…

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E-7 promotions

Posted  May 18, 2012

The following individuals were selected for promotion to Master Sgt.: 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Edward Bates Jr., John Costa, James Craig, Terrance Hathaway, Lon Henderson, Raymond Hetrick, Travis Hochsprung, Kevin Kilbride, Damian Lay, Bryan Longellow, Christopher McGhee, Leon Montgomery, Steve Radnor, Justin Romo, Brian Schweitzer, Gerald White, David Winter   56th Fighter Wing Charles Beers,…

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ALS graduates 37

Posted  May 18, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated two staff sergeants and 35 senior airmen May 10 from class 12-4. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:   The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Staff Sgt. Scott Avis, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Sylvia Calmelat, 162nd Force Support Squadron; Jarod Martinez,…

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Ground, flight and weapons: Luke safety triad

Posted  May 18, 2012

They inspect. They train. They investigate – on the ground and in the air. Their job is to set the conditions so the 56th Fighter Wing can safely accomplish its mission to train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots...

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Beware the Thunderbolt

Posted  May 18, 2012

An F-16 sits idly on the flightline after a storm forced the pilot to divert to the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field May 9. The Gila Bend facility is roughly an hour drive southwest of Luke Air Force Base and provides another place for pilots to land if they’re not able to make it back to…

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Program helps those leaving military

Posted  May 18, 2012

Leaving the military and entering the civilian world can be a hard transition for many people to make. The Transition Assistance Program is one way the military helps those leaving the service. The Defense Department’s TAP program was designed to smooth the transition of military personnel and family members leaving active duty. The program has…

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