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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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Local

Wild Ducks fly east for spring training

Posted  March 27, 2012

Ducks may not have teeth, but try telling them they can’t bite. The Air Force version of the Grapefruit league’s best got to see what their Cactus League brothers had to offer on the Florida panhandle last week. Almost 90 Airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron and aircraft maintenance unit’s Wild Ducks…

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Salutes & Awards

Graydon Williams award winner announced

Posted  March 27, 2012

Senior Master Sgt. Steve Brook, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager, was selected as the 2011 Graydon Williams Award recipient. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee presented the award during a recent luncheon held at Club Five Six…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety Ground safety technician, Hometown: West Mansfield, Ohio, Years in service: Seven Family: Wife, Krissy, Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado and a bachelor’s degree at University of Ottawa, Previous…

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Sports

MDG ‘sticks’ it to Navy in B-ball

Posted  March 27, 2012

L.J. Magee goes through a defender March 12 in an intramural basketball game against Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group defeated Navy 53-33. Guy McAdams, goes for a lay-up during an intramural basketball game March 12 against the Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The play resulted in a foul and…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 27, 2012

Start Smart baseball Start Smart Baseball is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program at 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through April 25 at the youth center. Parents work one-on-one with their child. The cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. Space is limited. Sign up now. For more information, call (623) 856-7470. Bunny…

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In Brief, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Blue Cross Blue Shield Q&A A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available 10 to 11:30 a.m. today in Bldg. 1150, Room 1163, to answer health care coverage questions for federal civilian employees. For more information, call Kristina Rightweiser at (623) 856-2120. Lose weight Get up in elevation to get down in pounds…

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Health & Safety

Medical team goes Lean to save

Posted  March 27, 2012

Do you like long waits for medical appointments? I didn’t think so. The 56th Medical Group doesn’t like you waiting either, and they chose to do something about it. They decided to get “Lean.” More than 40 students from a handful of Air Force bases attended the Lean For Healthcare course taught March 5 to 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students included…

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Commentary

Good foundation must for leading

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its simplistic form, leadership is defined as getting others to do what you want. Those who follow this thought process typically revert to using conniving tactics to persuade their followers. Many view this as a shortcut to leadership and find it being an ineffective way to lead, without any long-term value. To build a…

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Leadership is action, not position

Posted  March 27, 2012

I recently read a quote in an article that I believe defines a true leader. The quote is from Donald H. McGannon and says, “Leadership is action, not position.” This phrase epitomizes my leadership philosophy; specifically, I feel people are leaders by virtue of what they do, not the authority they are given or the…

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Medal of Honor recipient visits Luke, speaks to 308th Fighter Squadron

Posted  March 27, 2012

A Medal of Honor recipient who earned distinction as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War visited the 308th Fighter Squadron March 16 at Luke Air Force Base.
James Fleming, 69, who retired as a colonel in 1996…

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