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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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Red Cross helps dental profession

Posted  September 27, 2013

A journey that started almost a year ago came to completion Sept. 19 when two Red Cross volunteers finished their training with the 56th Dental Squadron.

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Sports Shorts – September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Lamar Grimes, 56th Force Support Squadron recreation aide, shoots a floater Sept. 17 during the intramural basketball championship game at Luke Air Force Base. Grimes made the shot, adding two points to the FSS score. FSS basketball team wins intramural championship Photo and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th…

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Legislature in session …

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airmen from the medical education and training simulator lab and Arizona state representatives practice self-aid buddy care Sept. 11 on a manikin with a simulated severe injury at the 56th Medical Group ETS lab. The legislators also received a briefing on the state-of-the-art medical technology used to educate Luke Air Force Base Airmen. The legislators…

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LRS prepares to receive next generation aircraft

Posted  September 20, 2013

Many units on base are beginning to change the way they do business as Luke Air Force Base transforms to incorporate the F-35 training mission. One of the units changing is the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management flight. “Not only does the F-35 arrival affect maintenance and operations, but it has a big play…

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There’s value in the struggle

Posted  September 20, 2013

I was watching a video of a motivational speech a few weeks ago and the speaker kept saying the same phrase over and over, “There’s value in the struggle.” In the weeks that have followed, I have found myself echoing those words many times. As an Air Force and a Luke Air Force Base community,…

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Determination

Posted  September 20, 2013

Having a goal and a road map on how to attain that goal is admirable; however, unless there is motivation to continue with that goal, it will fail. Most of us who joined the military did so with a long-term goal in mind. A common reason is the education benefits. Even with the new stipulations…

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Emergency Management Flight: Keeping Thunderbolts at ready

Posted  September 20, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Airmen 1st Class Jacob Brewer, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Management apprentice, examines unexploded ordnance Sept. 10 at the 56th CES REM Flight building. Airmen receive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense survival skill training prior to deploying. September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management…

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News Briefs September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Chapel open positions The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel has four open positions. Resumes are required for all positions and must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Bid documents and full requirements are available at the Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 West Shooting Star Street. Protestant contemporary gospel worship service music…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 20, 2013

Senior Airman Brittany Thompson 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: Martin, Tenn. Years in service: Three Family: Son, Braden, 7 Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in information systems technology Inspirations: My son inspires me to be a better person; my grandmother’s faith in me Goals: To become a nurse Greatest feat:…

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AF announces E-5, 6, 7 promotions

Posted  September 20, 2013

The following individuals have been selected for promotion: Staff sergeant Toby Demarigny, 56th Maintenance Group Philip Nichols, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Anthony Coleman, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Technical sergeant Nicholas Sevaaetasi, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Master sergeant Glenn Styles, 56th Medical Operations Squadron

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