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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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Keeping PII secure to be top concern

Posted  August 8, 2014

The threats that loom with modern day technology range from people hacking into e-mail and cell phones to rummaging through garbage at home and work, but what are some ways that can prevent thieves from stealing our most valuable information? Personally Identifiable Information is personal information maintained by an agency which is used to distinguish…

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F-35 rollout strengthens Australian-U.S. partnership

Posted  August 8, 2014

Courtesy photo Australia’s first two F-35s – AU-1, which was the focal point of the rollout event, and AU-2 have both completed final assembly and painting and are due to fly in coming weeks. They are due to be formally handed over to the RAAF in coming months before being delivered to Luke Air Force…

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Air Force News – August 8, 2014

Posted  August 8, 2014

Guatemala Six Airmen are facilitating a subject matter expert exchange with the Guatemalan air force focusing on preventive health, individual readiness and aerospace medicine, to help them expand and enhance their military medical capabilities. Wyoming The newly formed 20th Air Force helicopter operations group at F.E. Warren Air Force Base assumes control of the helicopter…

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People First – August 8, 2014

Posted  August 8, 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. CSAF: A…

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Silver Wings Pool offers workout options

Posted  August 8, 2014

What does a young Airman, pregnant woman and retiree have in common? All three of them need to be fit and healthy to live a long and happy life.

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This Week in History

Posted  August 8, 2014

Courtesy photo North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats attack the USS Maddox Aug. 2, 1964. August 1964: Gulf of Tonkin Fifty years ago, American involvement in Vietnam hit a major trip wire, the Gulf of Tonkin incident. American involvement began before the end of the First Indochina War in 1954. The breakup of French Indochina created…

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56th Operations Support Squadron forecasts for Luke AFB

Posted  August 8, 2014

Ever curious where that AtHoc notice that flies across the computer screen alerting of weather warnings and when heat index changes comes from? Credit the people at the 56th Operations Support Squadron weather forecasting and warning services. Their mission is to observe and provide weather forecasts and severe weather threats to more than 30 squadrons…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  August 8, 2014

The slow days of summer are fading and moms and dads are working the logistics of getting their darlings out the door to school. Most families develop a morning routine to get the children out of bed, cleaned, dressed and fed before they usher them off to school. This can be an exasperating time for…

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Fly Over: ‘Crazy Love’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted  August 8, 2014

‘Crazy Love’ I must begin this review with full disclosure – the book being reviewed is about God told through the perspective of Christianity. If you are someone who is uninterested or offended by these topics, this book is not for you. If, however, you are one of the millions who are interested in learning…

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Airfield management keeps runway tidy

Posted  August 8, 2014

It’s said when stakes are high, those who are calm prevail. Airmen from the 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management section know this all too well.

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