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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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This week in history

Posted  August 30, 2013

Aug. 25, 1953: Peacemaker becomes flying aircraft carrier The Air Force announced Aug. 25, 1953, that the Convair B-36 Peacemaker had become a “flying aircraft carrier” that could launch and recover Republic F-84 Thunderjet aircraft. It’s hard to believe this story began with the German Blitz of England in 1940 to 1941. England took such…

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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  August 30, 2013

Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington, 56th Medical Operations Squadron…

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From court to cockpit, vice wing commander brings A-Game

Posted  August 30, 2013

Col. Jeremy Sloane, who last month took over as the new vice wing commander at Luke Air Force Base, has always been a high achiever. As a basketball star at Federal Way High School, Wash., he set the all-time school record for points scored. Two players have since broken that record, and both went on…

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News Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  August 30, 2013

Undergrad flying training applications due in Nov. Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Nov. 29 to be considered by the UFT selection board, which convenes Jan. 14, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The board will review candidates for fiscal year 2014/2015 training requirements in the pilot, remotely piloted…

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ITT opens new annex at base exchange

Posted  August 30, 2013

For those who like to explore or like to travel, there is a place on Luke Air Force Base that offers military personnel and affiliates discounts on tickets, airfare and more. The 56th Force Support Squadron opened an Information, Tickets and Travel satellite office Saturday at the base exchange to provide Airmen with a convenient…

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Airmen build opportunity to combine volunteerism, learning

Posted  August 30, 2013

The 944th Civil Engineer Squadron seized another opportunity to provide training for their Airmen and contribute to the Luke Air Force Base community during the August Unit Training Assembly. Senior Airman Donald McGuire, 944th CES structure specialist, became the driving force for two major projects at the Luke Air Force Base Airman’s Attic, a nonprofit…

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Airmen take flight … Free fall into adventure

Posted  August 30, 2013

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Yadira Chaidez, 56th MDOS aerospace medical technician, performs a tandem skydive with an instructor. Imagine boarding an aircraft and exiting midflight. The plane climbs and levels out at 13,000 feet for passengers to embark on a journey. Twelve Luke Airmen took to the skies Aug. 17 to participate in a…

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‘On the Road’

Posted  August 30, 2013

Few books have meant as much to me as “On the Road,” Jack Kerouac’s sensational novel about his friendships and adventures in late 1940s America. I was 19 when I read it the first time, and it deeply resonated with me as it has for so many other readers over the past half century since…

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‘Short Term 12’

Posted  August 30, 2013

Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” is a simple film – short, concise and gut-wrenchingly real. At roughly an hour and half long, you find yourself completely engrossed in the nocuous youth led by Grace (Brie Larson) and the rest of the 20-something staff members at a short-term foster-care facility – hence the title. Grace,…

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Go north to discover Bearizona

Posted  August 30, 2013

The American burro is just one of many animals found at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams. Bearizona features a wide variety of North American animals. Visitors can experience a scenic three-mile drive in their own vehicle and observe animals in a natural environment. A black bear cub shakes its fur after jumping into a…

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