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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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EFMP offers respite care to families

Posted  July 25, 2014

In Dec 2013 the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program launched the Respite Care program for active-duty families enrolled in EFMP. Luke Air Force Base was one of 22 bases selected to participate. Respite Care was created in response to family members needing a caretaker to watch their child while they were out of…

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AMUs ‘Throw-Down’ to show who’s best

Posted  July 25, 2014

Senior Airman Jarod Davis, 56th Maintenance Group weapons lead crew member, evaluates Airman 1st Class Kaden Allred, 308th AMU load crew member, as he installs the 1760 cable on the guided bomb unit 38. Airman 1st Class Dustin Lepak, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew member, inspects the tail kit on the guided bomb unit…

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

Posted  July 25, 2014

On DVD: ‘The Princess Bride’ This 1987 romantic comedy fairytale stars Cary Elwes (Westley/The Man in Black), Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Andre the Giant (Fezzik), Robin Wright (The Princess Bride/Buttercup), and Billy Crystal (Miracle Max). The movie begins with a grandfather (Peter Falk) visiting his sick grandson (Fred…

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Kenyan official visits base

Posted  July 25, 2014

Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi, chief of the defense forces, Kenya, is escorted by Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, July 17 when he visited Luke Air Force Base. They walked to the 308th Fighter Squadron, where Karangi received instructions in preparation for his familiarization flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon.   Karangi receives…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  July 25, 2014

“A chair with just two legs . . . really isn’t much of a chair?” ~Anonymous There are four components of Airman resilience: social (connecting with friends, family and colleagues), mental (honing mental skills and abilities fostering a good mindset), physical (exercise, proper diet and adequate rest), and spiritual (connecting with something beyond ourselves which…

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Street Beat

Posted  July 25, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 15 through 20: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 19: Security forces conducted a traffic stop for erratic driving and speeding, and detained a civilian driver for suspicion of underage drinking and driving while impaired. Glendale police responded and took…

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Sports Shorts – July 25, 2014

Posted  July 25, 2014

Anthony Coleman, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, lays up the ball during an intramural basketball game July 15 against Army at Luke Air Force Base. CES defeated Army 64-33. CES flattens Army in hoops Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron battled the Army team for bragging rights…

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MMA ramps up combat training

Posted  July 18, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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DUI in Arizona: You can’t afford it

Posted  July 18, 2014

Arizona has some of the toughest drunken driving laws in the United States. The average overall cost of a DUI in the state of Arizona is around $10,000. Crazy, right? Ten thousand dollars may seem hard to swallow at first, but first time offenders often find themselves paying considerable unforeseen expenses throughout the course of…

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Is being good, good enough?

Posted  July 18, 2014

In today’s Air Force can you settle with just being good? I say, “No.” With the Air Force executing the deepest force cuts since the end of the cold war with programs such as the Quality Force Review Board and the Enlisted Retention Board, what you do and how well you do it matters more…

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