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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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Fly Over: ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘La Bamba’

Posted  August 1, 2014

‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ vs ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” features the wonderful Roddy McDowall reprising his role as Caesar/ Cornelius in the fifth and final chapter of the Planet of the Apes Saga. Ten years have passed since the apes, led by…

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Luke kids ‘Paws’ for balloon art fun

Posted  August 1, 2014

Children enact the “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” July 23 on Luke Air Force Base. The Paws For Reading summer reading program took place at the Luke AFB Library encouraging children to read more.   Arizona Rick uses an air blower to simulate the big bad wolf huffing and puffing during story…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 1, 2014

One hundred and five years ago, the U.S. Army tested and accepted its first heavier-than-air aircraft, Signal Corps Airplane No. 1.

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Summer car care tips keep car running, looking good

Posted  August 1, 2014

As the red mercury in thermometers continues to rise, many of the objects we use in our everyday lives take a beating from the weather shift in Phoenix.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  August 1, 2014

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. In August, all Airmen having a social security number with the last two digits between 81 and 90 are required to revalidate. Revalidation requires each Airman to…

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Street Beat

Posted  August 1, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents at Luke Air Force Base July 21 through 27: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 22: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at the South Gate Visitor’s Center parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency…

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Sports Shorts – August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 2014

Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron playing on the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies team, backs down a defender during an intramural basketball game against 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron July 21 at Luke Air Force Base. FWSA won the game in overtime 72-69. FWSA edges out LRS in overtime battle Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public…

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EOD called out for expertise

Posted  July 25, 2014

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered numerous empty projectile package tubes, intact warheads and other items prior to bringing in heavy machinery to thoroughly clear…

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Strong followers challenge authority

Posted  July 25, 2014

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders…

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Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Posted  July 25, 2014

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities….

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