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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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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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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 19 through 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and two non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 20: Security forces assisted a civilian after a major vehicle accident which took place on 135th Avenue and damaged the west perimeter wall of Ocotillo Housing. The…

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Sports

Commander’s cup up for grabs

Posted  November 1, 2013

Stretching out to catch a fly ball, diving on the court for a loose ball or catching the game-winning touchdown pass is just some of what a player may need to do for his squadron to win points for the commander’s cup. With two months left in the year, squadrons are separating themselves from the…

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Sports Shorts – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Yotes visit Luke Senior Airman David Owsianka Senior Airman Jesse Cherry, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Ivan Lewis, 756th AMXS weapons load crew chief, speak with Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes right wing and team captain, Monday during a meet-and-greet on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Several Coyotes players toured…

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GRACE LEE
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Health & Safety

Stay safe this Halloween

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE FROM LEFT: Natalia Cardona, 3, Olivia Cardona, 6, and Aleksandra Cardona, spouse of Tech. Sgt. Cayetano Cardona, 56th Maintenance Group programs NCO in charge, look at Halloween costumes Oct. 16 at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. To keep children safe while trick-or-treating, children under age 12 should be accompanied by an…

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Commentary

Airman’s Creed: What does it mean?

Posted  October 25, 2013

We have all found ourselves standing at promotion ceremonies and other military functions where we as a group recite the Airman’s Creed. But why do we say the Airman’s Creed? Better yet, what does it mean? To understand the why, we need to understand what a creed is. A creed is a system of guiding…

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Lead with passion

Posted  October 25, 2013

There are many avenues that individuals may take in order to lead their flock in a desired direction. However, not all paths create the same anticipated effect. We have all heard of the “21 Qualities of a Leader” or “The Pathway to Leadership,” and they both have similar suggested attributes to becoming a successful leader….

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LRS Airmen keep sweepers on streets

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airman 1st Class Michael Shirley, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron maintenance mechanic journeyman, fixes a crank shaft seal Wednesday in the vehicle maintenance building. To ensure pilots can successfully complete missions, we often think of the areas of training, fuel or maintenance. One area mostly likely not thought of is the three…

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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Finance office closed The finance customer service office is closed Nov. 5 and 8 for department functions. For more information, call…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Victoria Edge 56th Maintenance Group Knowledge operations manager Hometown: DeLand, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mikel, husband Inspirations: My grandfather and Dan Troxell, both very hard working, honest men Goals: Be the best person I can be and at what I do Famous last words: “There is always something for which…

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56th MDG Airmen honored at gala

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy photos FROM LEFT: Marian Budnik, Col. Carol Andrews and Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group nurses, were among the finalists last month at the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Caring Spirit, paid tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who have delivered the highest…

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