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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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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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Air Force skydiving team jumps into Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Posted  January 17, 2014

Imagine freefalling several thousand feet from the air, feeling the rush of adrenaline kicking in before deploying your parachute, then sailing for a few minutes before landing into a stadium filled with several thousand cheering fans.

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Load Crews test skills in contest

Posted  January 17, 2014

Handling weaponry Jan. 9 on the flight line at Luke Air Force Base.

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Physical resiliency: Stay fit all year — keep New Year’s resolution

Posted  January 17, 2014

Physical resiliency is only one of the collaborative pillars that contribute to an individual’s overall resiliency. Regular physical activity has been shown to decrease an individual’s physiological reactivity such as increased blood pressure as well as demonstrate faster pulse rate recovery when exposed to a stressor. Being physically active can act as a buffer against…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 17, 2014

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer All of us have been there — a point in time in our lives when…

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Fly Over: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’, and ‘The Legend of Hercules’

Posted  January 17, 2014

In theaters: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ I loved 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” so much so that when I heard one of my friends had yet to see it I went out and bought it on Blu-Ray (why comedy needs to be high-def, I have no idea, but that’s beside the point)…

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Evergreen State

Posted  January 17, 2014

Also known as the state where TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” is set in, Washington is filled with a ton of local eateries, including fresh seafood, places to shop and offers up a dynamic nightlife on weekends.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 17, 2014

Tax season is upon us. Tax statements are available via myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx) according to the 2013 myPay Tax Statement Schedule: Available now Annuitant 1099-R Retiree 1099-R Civilian W-2 (Defense Department and non DOD) Reserve Component Air Force, Army and Navy W-2 Army Student Loan Repayment Program W-2 Army Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Civilian W-2 Active/Reserve Component…

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Street Beat

Posted  January 17, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 1 through 10: Nonemergency responses Jan. 3: Security forces responded to a wants and warrants hit for a failure to appear at Lightning Gate. The individual was denied entry due to Lansing Sheriff’s Office in Kansas was unable to extradite. Jan. 3: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

Nicholas Spivey, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, runs for a first down during the first half of an intramural flag football game Jan. 9 at the Luke Air Force Base football field. LRS defeated the 56th Components Maintenance Squadron team 39-0. LRS speeds past CMS, stays undefeated by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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2013: The Year in Photos

Posted  January 10, 2014

Published in January Senior Airman Jason Colbert Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron and 56th Medical Operations Squadron emergency medical technicians tend to a simulated victim Jan. 30 during an exercise designed to test the ability of emergency teams to respond quickly and efficiently to an emergency. Senior Airman Devante Williams Retired Chief Master…

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