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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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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

Street Beat – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations from Sept. 6 through 12, 2013 Tickets Security Forces issued citations for 11 moving violations. Traffic related incidents Sept. 6: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Sept. 6: Security forces responded…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airman 1st Class Dontae Smith, 56th Communication Squadron, attempts a lay-up Sept. 11 during an intramural basketball playoff game at Luke Air Force Base. CS defeated Army 44-42. CS basketball team eliminates Army in close match Photos and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Communications Squadron battled the…

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Air Force

Air Force tuition assistance undergoing changes

Posted  September 13, 2013

Changes to the application process and some of the guidelines for the Air Force tuition assistance program go into effect with classes that begin after Oct. 1. These changes will require supervisors to bear more responsibility for their Airmen filing for TA. “Supervisors will have in-depth control and will now be held accountable,” said Joan…

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Commentary

Failure spurs great leaders

Posted  September 13, 2013

Failing at leadership on the surface might seem to be somewhat of an oxymoron, but as we explore this phenomenon as a reality of leadership, we will discover that failing at leadership has spurred many leaders and entrepreneurs to greatness. History is replete with men and women who in spite of their failures, persevered to…

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Certainty of combat shapes thoughts

Posted  September 13, 2013

“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but a corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their…

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Attitude key to overcoming adversity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka John Acosta, 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center sports director, speaks with referees about intramural basketball rules during halftime of a game Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Imagine you’re a 36-year-old technical sergeant at the top of your game in aircraft maintenance. The year is…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman Joel Alfaro-Salazar 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman Hometown: El Paso, Texas Years in service: Four Family: Son, Paxton Jay Alfaro, 2 Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: Being a good role model for my son;…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 44 Airmen

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated two staff sergeants and 42 senior airmen Aug. 29 from class 13-6. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michael Brideau, 56th Maintenance Group Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Michael McNew, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron;…

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Mixed martial arts gains popularity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, sweeps his opponent at the MMA Lab, a mixed martial arts studio in Glendale. Fighters like Manglona use proper positioning to overcome larger or stronger opponents. Mixed martial arts, a combat sport that combines striking and grappling techniques from a variety of disciplines,…

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World

Youngest Navy enlistee becomes admiral

Posted  September 13, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month and featuring individuals of hispanic decent and the contributions they made to the U.S. ‘Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!’ Those famous words were shouted by James Glasgow Farragut. Born July 5, 1801, he would go down in history as…

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