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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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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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Fly Over: ‘The Host’, ‘Super 8’

Posted  March 1, 2013

In theaters: In bookstores…. ‘The Host’ Alien parasites take over human race I know what you are all thinking … not another story by Stephanie Meyer where a girl crushes on a vampire, a werewolf crushes on the same girl and the girl chooses the vampire in the end. I promise this book has no…

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Street Beat – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Kiowa Street and Lalomai Street. There were no injuries. Feb. 21:…

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New chiefs shine brightly

Posted  March 1, 2013

Luke’s newest chief master sergeants are recognized by attendees of the Chief Recognition Ceremony.

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Be worthy of admiration – act like a superhero

Posted  March 1, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime. Everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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TRICARE service center changes

Posted  March 1, 2013

“There is nothing permanent except change,” are words credited to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. In the coming months members can expect to see some changes in the administration of health benefits locally. One change has been UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans moving Feb. 19 into the 56th Medical Group TRICARE service center. This was the first…

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Vet clinic serves base members

Posted  March 1, 2013

One of Luke Air Force Base’s best kept secrets is that it offers vet services for pets of active-duty members and retirees.

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People First – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 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. Registration for…

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Air Force News – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

DOD implements secure program for mobile devices WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is rolling out a program that will allow users of a range of mobile devices — working anywhere from remote battlefields to the Pentagon to rapidly share classified and protected data across all components. More than 600,000 DOD employees, from soldiers on the…

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Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted  March 1, 2013

Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping, breathing and temperature regulation. As well…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 1, 2013

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI How do our moral and ethical values today compare to those just a decade ago? Why have our “internal deserts” become so vast? Why is there a spiritual crisis in our nation? Whatever the reasons…

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