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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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News Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Third-party insurance collections All nonactive-duty beneficiaries using 56th Medical Group facilities must sign the electronic Department of Defense Form 2569 on an annual basis. This allows the military to bill other health insurance companies for medical care, including pharmaceuticals. Electronic DD Form 2569s can be signed at any clinic within the 56th Medical Group and…

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Air Force News – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

66 installations to receive virtual fitness kiosks To help improve total force fitness levels, the Air Force is installing “Fitness on Request” kiosks at 66 locations by the end of September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Part of the Operational Fitness Program, the kiosks are available to all Airmen, including retirees and family members, at…

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People First – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 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. Operation Supplement Safety…

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This Week in History: September 13

Posted  September 13, 2013

Courtesy photo Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell 1918: Battle of Saint-Mihiel Salient Between Sept. 12 and 15, 1918, Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell led 1,482 aircraft, the largest combined air armada to date, in World War I during the first U.S. air campaign. Since July 28, 1914, the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary fought…

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Holidays full of sugary culprits of tooth decay

Posted  September 13, 2013

With the holiday season approaching, people often add more sweets to their diets. When eating sugary foods, like candy, most people will eat several pieces continuously throughout the day, not knowing that this can actually hurt their teeth. When a person eats, the germs in the mouth produce an acid that can break down the…

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Warriors compete in memory of ‘Hot Shots’

Posted  September 13, 2013

While this was its fourth consecutive year, the competition took on additional meaning this time around. The final stage of the contest was filled with challenges dedicated to the memory of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell wildfire July 1 in Central Arizona.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 13, 2013

“Time is passing.” Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting Sept. 11, 2001.” ~George W. Bush On Nov. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush said, “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting Sept. 11, 2001. We will remember every rescuer who died…

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Fly Over: ‘Jayden’s Revenge: A Story of an American Family’, and ‘Insidious 2’

Posted  September 13, 2013

In print: ‘Jayden’s Revenge: A Story of an American Family’ Despite their length, I would argue that short stories are more difficult to write than full-fledged novels. Not that novels are easy (believe me …), but short stories are constrained by their general need to be self-contained, focused and, well, short. Dirk Knight’s first short…

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Flagstaff: The Other Side of Arizona Holds Tuthill treasure

Posted  September 13, 2013

Phoenix residents are familiar with the local topography consisting of dry brush and cacti. But a two-and-a-half hour drive north on Interstate 17 shows a different side of Arizona as desert sand and vegetation give way to verdant grass and pine trees.

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Street Beat – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 27 through Sept. 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and one non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in the base exchange parking lot. There were no injuries. Sept. 3: Security forces…

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