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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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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  February 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Barraza 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Information Technician Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Years in service: 10 Family: Husband, Jose; sons, Gabriel, 5 months; and William Holzgartner, 6 Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in munitions systems technology Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Kunsan Air Base, Republic…

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Local Briefs February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in preparation for the TRICARE West transition from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to United Healthcare Military and Veterans. The center is located at the Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Medical Clinic, third floor. Normal operations will resume…

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MLB players join Luke for prayer breakfast

Posted  February 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley FROM LEFT: Major league baseball players Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman; Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Indians third baseman; and Bob Howry, retired Chicago Cubs relief pitcher, talk about their careers and share stories of overcoming obstacles through their faith Jan. 31 at the National Prayer Breakfast at Club Five Six….

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Air Force

Integrity first to the core

Posted  February 8, 2013

Integrity: the first in line of the three Air Force Core Values. This value is inscribed into every Airman from day one of basic military training. According to Webster’s Dictionary, it is an “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character, and honesty.” We also know it as doing what is right when…

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Who, what do you serve?

Posted  February 8, 2013

How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to these questions, I would submit to…

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Salutes & Awards

EMS wins AF-level award

Posted  February 8, 2013

There are many levels of recognition for Airmen from unit level awards all the way up to Air Force level, and nothing is better than knowing your unit is at the top of the heap. That is how the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron felt Jan. 25 when it was announced they had won the Air…

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EOD Airman receives Purple Heart

Posted  February 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Tech. Sgt. Michael Pasley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal utilities superintendent, receives a Purple Heart at Luke Air Force Base Jan. 31. He received the award for when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle injuring him during a deployment to Afghanistan January 2012. For Tech. Sgt. Michael…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

Falcons come up short of taking it all Paul Madrid, Falcon catcher, prepares to tag the runner as he slides into home during the fourth inning of the game. Madrid tagged the runner out keeping him from scoring.     Outfielder Alex Hernandez, Luke Air Force Base Falcon, prepares to throw the ball to third…

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Events

Verde Canyon railroad, glimpse of old Southwest

Posted  February 15, 2013

The train crosses a bridge Feb. 9 during the Verde Canyon railroad tour in northern Arizona. The 38-mile trip begins in Clarkdale and goes to the Santa Fe/Burlington Northern track at Drake.     Known for many scenic vistas and glimpses of animal and bird life along the way, the tour offers views of the…

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Fly Over: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, ‘Identity Thief’

Posted  February 15, 2013

In theaters: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Broomstick riders beware Being a big fan of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I was excited to see that they were recreating the old bedtime story “Hansel and Gretel.” I was also curious to see how this film would do after sitting on the shelves for almost two years waiting…

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