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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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Firefighters gear up for day

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Ellyn Shults, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, loads an oxygen tank onto a truck Tuesday during her morning checks at Luke Air Force Base. Firefighters check equipment daily for functionality since it can help save their lives. Shults is conducting training with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron.   Staff Sgt. Jon Wilson,…

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Women’s CRUD tournament gets physical

Posted  February 7, 2014

It’s a game traditionally played by fighter pilots where two people compete to take the life of the opposing team’s ball. It’s called CRUD and on Jan. 31 female spouses, Airmen, and friends played in a women’s CRUD tournament at the Old Officer’s Club on Luke Air Force Base.

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Big changes coming to pro-Gear shipment allowances

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Defense Travel Management Office has approved changes to the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Volume 1 and Joint Travel Regulations Volume 2 that significantly change the shipment of professional books, papers and equipment allowance as part of household goods shipments. PBP&E is also referred to as Pro or Pro Gear. The following changes apply to…

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Destination: Portland, Oregon

Posted  February 7, 2014

When people think about Portland, Ore., they may think of farms, wagons and pioneers. What they don’t know is Portland is not only filled with a diversity of cultures, but it’s also overflowing with friendly people, delicious food and a plethora of outdoorsy things to do.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Dr. Mae Jemison “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” ~ Dr. Mae Jemison Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t do something because you lacked the skills or talent? Maybe it was said out of prejudice. Did it make you so mad yet so determined to prove them wrong? Maybe…

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Fly Over: ‘Ruby’, and ‘The Monuments Men’

Posted  February 7, 2014

‘Ruby’ Every year thousands of Americans commit to fight the “battle of the bulge” for many reasons. For some it’s a matter of life and death; for others it’s wanting to fit into an old pair of jeans or maybe to look good for a vacation or wedding. According to a study by the University…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 7, 2014

When considering separation programs that offer voluntary separation pay, Airmen should also consider the impact federal and state tax deductions has on the calculation. These tax deductions will reduce the actual amount you receive and could also have significant tax implications when filing 2014 taxes. The fiscal 2014 VSP program entitles enlisted retention board-eligible Airmen…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through Feb. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 30: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident and a possible hit-and-run in the parking lot of Bldg. 545. The driver backed…

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Sports Shorts – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Alex Back, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery crew member, successfully dodges a defender. OG skims past EMS 8-6 in flag football Story and photos by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT,  56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Operations Group Wizards squared off against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s flag football team Jan. 28 in a heated…

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Stocking the shelves with Lightning

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Adam Lauersdorf, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron inbound receiving technician, unwraps main gear tires Jan. 22 for the F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base. LRS received 52,000 items in preparation for the arrival of the fighter jet, the first of which is slated to land at Luke soon.

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