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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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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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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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Football legend still star

Posted  October 5, 2012

Living with any kind of disorder is not ideal, and it’s harder with dissociative identity disorder....

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Senior Airman Andrew Hannah 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Dedicated crew chief Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Five Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Currently working on a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance technology and bachelor’s in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: The dedication of the…

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Lead from front

Posted  October 5, 2012

Leadership. As Airmen this is a word that we hear all the time. In light of this, the word can sometimes become watered down to where we think we have nothing to do with leadership. Is leadership just a buzz word that we have nothing to offer to affect its outcome? Does leadership strictly apply…

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MSG boss expands horizons beyond family tradition

Posted  October 5, 2012

For many of us who’ve had family in the military, following in their footsteps may seem natural. However, what happens if we commit the cardinal sin of not joining the same branch as our parents or other family members?

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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Operation Angel in Nepal win-win

Posted  October 5, 2012

Editor’s note: The opening and closing paragraphs are paraphrased from an Air Force Print News article. A team composed of American, Australian and Nepalese military and civilian members accomplished a plethora of tasks, which included treating more than 4,000 villagers, repairing and renovating three schools and sharing expertise with the locals Sept. 10 to 15…

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Luke 1 shares command priorities

Posted  October 5, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Airmen heard Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, highlight his beliefs and expectations during commander’s calls Sept. 28.

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Sports Shorts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Camron Tellinghuisen, 11, son of Staff Sgt Michael McCord, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load maintainer, prepares to throw the football Sept. 28 during the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event at the Youth Center on Luke Air Force Base. The NFL PPK program is a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 6…

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Scorpions sting Thunderbolts in exhibition game

Posted  October 12, 2012

The Arizona Scorpions, an American Basketball Association semiprofessional team, defeated the Luke Air Force Base varsity basketball team 124-90 in an exhibition game Saturday at the Bryant Fitness Center.

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  October 12, 2012

On DVD: ‘Wrath of the Titans’ by Jayson Burns Two years ago, Warner Bros. gave us a remake of “Clash of the Titans.” It didn’t see much critical acclaim, and it all but threw Greek mythology out the window, but I thought it had fun action sequences and was set at a decent pace with…

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