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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 11, 2013

Airman 1st Class Joshua Pant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Management apprentice Hometown: Austin, Texas Years in service: One Inspirations: Friends, family, God Goals: Score at least 90 on career development courses, complete a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and retire from the Air Force Greatest feat: Completing Basic Military Training along with Basic Expeditionary…

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Thunderbolt wins national nurse award

Posted  October 11, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Maj. Betty Venth, 56th Medical Group Family Health Flight commander, stands in front of Airmen she leads Oct. 1 in the 56th MDG Assembly Room. Venth recently received a national top nurse award for excellence in patient and staff management. A Luke Air Force Base Airman was named one of the top…

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New leader takes reins at MAJCOM

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Gen. Robin Rand JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Gen. Robin Rand took command of Air Education and Training Command from Gen. Edward Rice Jr. during a ceremony Thursday. Gen. Mark Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony. Rand previously served as the 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command,…

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AETC commander retires after 35 years of service

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Edward Rice Jr. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The commander of Air Education and Training Command retired Thursday, ending a 35-year career of service and commitment to the U.S. Air Force. Gen. Edward Rice Jr., a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, retired after handing AETC’s reins over to Gen….

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This week in history

Posted  October 11, 2013

Oct. 1998: Low on parts, no spare engines Fifteen years ago this month, the 56th Component Repair Squadron, later designated the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, hit a milestone. They had no engine holes in any aircraft and had one spare engine for the first time in five years. The question is how did they get…

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Air Force News – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

AF leaders urge civilians to protect security clearance As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise — something that could impact one’s security clearance. With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and…

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People First – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

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. New Defense…

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Shoplifting at Luke Exchange can ruin career

Posted  October 11, 2013

A young, up-and-coming Airman stops by the Luke Air Force Base Exchange to pick up weekly necessities. While browsing through the store, the Airman stops to admire the assortment of CDs. With money tight, the Airman decides to slip one into a pocket while no one else is around. What the Airman may not realize…

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Sports clinic helps veterans

Posted  October 11, 2013

Have you ever tried running with one leg or shooting an arrow blind?

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Attention Thunderbolts: There’s a new focus in town

Posted  October 11, 2013

Luke has initiated a new force – Team Re-Focus. This is not your ordinary professional development group. With our slogan of “Keepin’ it real!” and combined with the back to basics campaign approach, Team Re-Focus is a group of motivated NCOs armed with the drive and knowledge to realign the effectiveness of our NCO core…

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