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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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What Airmen need …

Posted  January 31, 2014

Senior Airman Darryl Pruitt, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels specialist, places a stroller in a shopping cart Jan. 21 at the Airman’s Attic located in Bldg. 750. Pruitt stopped by the Airman’s Attic to pick up a few items for a new baby. The Airman’s Attic supports active-duty service members from all branches in the…

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Air Force News – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Alaska While recently deployed to Papua New Guinea for a Joint Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command mission, Staff Sgt. Joseph Riemer, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, put his combat life-saver skills to work to save the life of an injured local. Florida Fire detailers from the U.S. Forest Service…

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People First – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 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. DOD releases…

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Health & Safety

February: Month to increase security, force protection awareness

Posted  January 31, 2014

February is Security Awareness Month. The purpose is to increase security and force protection awareness and provide training and exercises that focus on that awareness. Ultimately, we want to perpetuate a culture in which each and every person in our Air Force community is aware. Each individual is a critical element in the force protection…

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Salutes & Awards

Best of Luke take center stage at annual awards

Posted  January 31, 2014

Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12 Air Force commander, was the guest speaker at the 56th Fighter Wing annual awards ceremony Saturday. Sixteen Luke Airmen were recognized Saturday during the 56th Fighter Wing annual awards ceremony at the Renaissance Hotel. The event highlighted the achievements of Luke Airmen who were selected as the group-level award winners….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 31, 2014

Military members can create allotments using myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/). There are two types of allotments: discretionary and nondiscretionary. • Discretionary allotments allow members to specify individuals, institutions, or businesses to receive a definite portion of pay and allowances. No more than six discretionary allotments are allowed. • Nondiscretionary allotments are made to specifically designated agencies or…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 31, 2014

“To whatever side you turn, you are forced to acknowledge your own ignorance and the boundless power of the Creator.” ~ Voltaire Humility can be tough, especially when our ignorance is displayed in front of others. Proverbs 16:18 tells us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We need to have…

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Fly Over: ‘Skyfall’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted  January 31, 2014

‘Skyfall’ Ever since I was a child I remember watching the James Bond movie series with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. I was surprised in 2006 when “Casino Royale” came out staring a new male lead named Daniel Craig. I would say Craig is what the series needed because he’s not only a fresh new…

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This Week in History

Posted  January 31, 2014

Jan. 29, 1944: Target — Frankfurt Seventy years ago, the 8th Air Force Fighter Command had a very good day. After four days on the ground due to weather, the fighters were able to get back in the air. The day’s bomber target was Frankfurt, Germany. For the first time in World War II, the…

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CES takes to high places

Posted  January 31, 2014

Airmen are led down a mountain trail by 1st Lt. Brad Shields, 56th CES operations engineer chief.   The 56th CES rests at the top of the mountain.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron takes a moment to enjoy the scenery Jan. 22 from atop the White Tank Mountain Range. The 5-mile hike up the…

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