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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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Home-schoolers get healthy at expo

Posted  February 22, 2013

A home-school student jumps before being tagged during a game of “duck, duck, goose” at the 56th Force Support Squadron Health and Wellness Center. Students visited Luke Air Force Base with the African American Heritage Committee to learn about fitness and get ideas on fun games, workouts they can do by themselves and eating healthy….

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted  February 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not…

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Justice Report – January 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions for January: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s An airman first class received an Article 15 for dereliction of duty, underage drinking. The member received a reduction to E-2, suspended forfeiture of $849 pay per month for two months, 15 days extra duty and a reprimand….

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People First – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 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. AF implements…

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Exchange offers pricing parity

Posted  February 22, 2013

Whether service members are here at Luke Air Force Base, on temporary duty or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 22, 2013

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to the shoppette. There were no injuries. Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a hit and run…

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Air Force News – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Welsh: Sequestration will ‘undermine’ readiness Unprecedented budget factors have placed the nation’s defense strategy in jeopardy, senior Defense Department leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 12. During his opening remarks, the chief of staff of the Air Force stressed the severity of the current fiscal situation. “Sequestration threatens to carve crucial capability from…

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Open season at exchange

Posted  February 22, 2013

Outdoor enthusiasts have a new option when gearing up for the hunt as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service cuts the ribbon on a counter dedicated exclusively to firearms and ammunition. While the exchange is focused on saving Airmen time and money when shopping for rifles, holsters and other gun accessories, this new assortment…

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Viking challenge back for third time

Posted  February 22, 2013

The Logistics Officers Association Viking Challenge is a 10-hour, 10-person team, one-mile continuous relay marathon held annually as a fundraiser benefiting the LOA Enlisted Scholarship Fund on Luke Air Force Base. This is the third annual event here at Luke, and last year’s event raised $7,500 in scholarship money given to local Airmen. The goal…

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Black and White Ball

Posted  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski, 56th Communications Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Timothy Farr, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, chat during cocktail hour of the Black and White Ball Saturday at Luke Air Force Base. The ball, themed “At the crossroads of freedom…

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