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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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Dollars and Sense

Posted  June 27, 2014

Do you have a great idea that could have a lasting effect on how the Air Force conducts business and spends every dollar? Nobody is more aware how much time, effort and money is wasted than the Airmen who do the job every day. The Airmen Powered by Innovation program could be the right venue…

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This Week in History

Posted  June 27, 2014

1954: Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR Different than today’s Wounded Warrior Project, 60years ago this week, the U.S. Air Force began execution of Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR. The French were still trying to keep control of their Southeast Asian colony Vietnam. The Vietnamese independence fighters were a mix of nationalists and communists collectively known as the Viet Minh….

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 27, 2014

Courtesy photo Harrry Truman “The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.” ~ Harry Truman I would like to draw down this quote from the context of the Cold War, to us as individuals and the moral and spiritual battles we face daily. What about the seeds of bitterness, the seeds of…

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People First – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

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. Women’s meeting…

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Air Force News – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

New Jersey Base leaders, families and service members gathered June 13 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to welcome the spring 2014 graduates of the Community College of the Air Force. A special presentation was made to Senior Airman Kevin Duran, 421st Combat Training Squadron, the 350,000th student to graduate. Senegal U.S. and African partners concluded a…

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Ammo builds warheads for mission

Posted  June 27, 2014

Pedro Mota Senior Airman Valerie Pessefal, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line crew member, tows a missile trailer at Luke Air Force Base. The missiles are being towed from the precision guided munitions section to the flightline. Speak softly and carry a big stick … or a rocket launcher. Luke Airmen expended 11,491 bombs, 611,156…

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Korean War vet swaps stories with Luke pilots

Posted  June 27, 2014

Grace Lee Capt. Brian Dudley, 62nd Fighter Squadron A-flight commander and instructor pilot, chats with retired U.S. Navy officer, Anthony Canzonetta, Korean War test pilot, June 13 at the 62nd FS’s heritage room prior to leaving for the flightline for a tour. During their time together, Dudley and Anthony talked about topics ranging from flying,…

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Armed Forces Voter Week: Encouraging Airmen to vote

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Federal Voting Assistance Program encourages military personnel, their eligible family members and overseas citizens to submit a new federal post card application every January to ensure they can participate in upcoming federal elections. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act states that any service member, eligible family member or overseas citizen may be…

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Luke Airman ‘escapes’ from Alcatraz

Posted  June 27, 2014

Capt. Sarah Cossette Maj. Peter Cossette, 56th Fighter Wing executive officer, celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim June 7 in San Francisco. The event is limited to 800 participants and features a mile-and-a-half swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park on the San Francisco shore. Alcatraz is one of…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  June 27, 2014

Staff Sgt. Jay-Paul Gaubault 61st Aircraft Maintenance Support section technician Hometown: Germantown, Maryland Years in service: Seven Family: Spouse, Staff Sgt. Charlene Gaubault; daughters, Taliyah, 5, and Jayda, 1 Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aircraft maintenance technology Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Kunsan Air Base, South Korea;…

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