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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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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

Prevent kitchen fires

Posted  October 4, 2013

Luke Fire Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association and United States Fire Administration to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” focuses on the importance of awareness, good working appliances and safe cooking practices. Along with learning fire safety, family members need to know and…

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News Briefs October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Free club membership Join Club Five Six by Dec. 31 to receive free dues for three months, be enrolled in the free cash back rewards program and receive an instant win scratch-off ticket worth $5 to $100. Air Force Clubs offer members numerous free and inexpensive activities including discounts on meals, an annual $25,000 scholarship…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Janessa Nuzzi 56th Dental Squadron Dental assistant Hometown: Wolcott, Conn. Years in service: Nine Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in dental assistance; bachelor’s degree in management/human resources from Park University Previous assignments: Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My family shows me what’s important in life;…

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Luke’s own selected for Heroes Cup

Posted  October 4, 2013

Senior Airman Ronald Gore, 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems journeyman, winds up his swing at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Gore has been selected to participate in the Heroes Cup later this month. Scheduled to be broadcasted on The Golf Channel later this year, the Heroes Cup Foundation will hold its aptly named Heroes Cup, a…

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Salutes & Awards

Kudos and farewell

Posted  October 4, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, receives an award Sept. 26 from Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron lab technician, during his going away ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Staton has been selected as the 2nd Air Force command chief at Keesler Air Force…

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Air Force

Burgers and goodbyes …

Posted  October 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Stanley Shields, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, seasons hamburgers Monday for a going-away event for departing Airmen. The event is an opportunity to present plaques and recognize the Airmen for their contributions to the mission while stationed at Luke Air Force Base.

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Air Force News – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Fire Emergency Services makes every dollar count Air Force firefighters are accustomed to confronting danger on the job, but recent Defense Department budget cuts have brought a different kind of heat. Faced with an aging vehicle fleet and the need to modernize equipment, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Fire Emergency Services Division took steps…

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Salutes & Awards

Day commemorates Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  October 4, 2013

He was 17 years old when he became part of an experiment allowing blacks to fly in the Army Air Forces. What he didn’t know then was he would be a part of history.

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People First – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 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. Single logon…

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Events

Thunderbolts drive to benefit MDA

Posted  October 4, 2013

More than 20 Thunderbolts recently teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise money during this year’s MDA Lockup event in downtown Phoenix. Luke’s Airmen volunteered their time to act as “arresting officers” and transport “jailbirds” to the event site. The event was an opportunity for Airmen to help the local community, according…

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