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EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered numerous empty projectile package tubes, intact warheads and other items prior to bringing in heavy machinery to thoroughly clear…

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Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would be selected to join the Air Demonstration Team. Millions of people witness the precision aerobatic…

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Luke welcomes new MDG commander

Courtesy photo Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Maureen Charles, incoming 56th Medical Group commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 18 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Col. Yolanda Bledsoe relinquished command of the 56th Medical Group Col. Maureen Charles during a change-of-command ceremony held July…

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Luke’s youngest Thunderbolts perform ‘Treasure Island’

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Long John Silver (Kwame Lilly), Cap’n Patches (Sonja Barajas), Davey the Letterman (Terrell Straton), Sing-Sing Sam (Emily Ray), Goldie the Hun (Hannah Hudgins), Mother Hawkins (Simone Commack), Hawkins sisters played by Helena Stratton (Janie), Cambrie Ellison (Joanie), Yvonne Walker (Jinnie) and Carly Cooper (Jan) and the Gulls played by Aiden Marsden, Kai…

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MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…


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Tophats reach out

Posted  March 8, 2013

1st Lt. Jeff Whitford, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, levels a piece of drywall to fit the frame of a house Feb. 23 in Glendale. Whitford volunteered his time along with several other pilots and their spouses to work on a Habitat for Humanity home.   2nd Lt. John Patten, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot,…

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MXG celebrates ‘best’

Posted  March 8, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, speaks to the crowd during the banquet. Hanna stressed the importance of operations and maintenance working as a team to complete the mission. The following individuals received 2012 Maintenance professional awards Maintenance officer 1st Lt. Charles Glover, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Direct sortie support Senior NCO: Master Sgt….

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Fly Over: ‘Dark Skies’, ‘Super 8’

Posted  March 8, 2013

In theaters: In theaters…. ‘Dark Skies’ Not your common alien invasion story Moviegoers might be pleasantly surprised with producer Jason Blum’s (“Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious”) latest offering, “Dark Skies.” It’s “Paranormal Activity” meets “X-Files” with a hint of M. Night Shyamalan. The story opens with Lacy and Daniel Barrett (Keri Russell, “August Rush” and Josh…

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Street Beat – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Feb. 22 through 28. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 22: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 634. There were no injuries. Feb. 27: Security forces responded to a…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 8, 2013

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ~ Galileo Galilei God not only gives us certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (Declaration of Independence), but He also blesses…

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Public Affairs: We’ll make you famous!

Posted  March 8, 2013

Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force Chief of Staff, said every Airman has a story. The Airmen in public affairs would like to help tell those stories.

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People First – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 8, 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. Nominations open…

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Air Force News – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

Grace Peterson — Air Force’s first female chief master sergeant FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Grace Peterson became the first female chief master sergeant in 1960. She was not only the first female chief master sergeant, she was part of the original group of senior NCOs to be selected for the rank of E-9. At…

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Funds in short supply for vehicle repair, purchase

Posted  March 8, 2013

photo byAirman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY FROM LEFT: Tech. Sgt. Robert Kelly, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO-in-charge, and Senior Airman Troy Eisenbeisz, 56th LRS body shop mechanic, check parts on a vehicle at an LRS lot on Luke Air Force Base. Vehicle maintainers work on vehicles registered to the Air Force that need repairs. When a…

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Health & Safety

Cyber threats: Are you secure?

Posted  March 8, 2013

Cyber threats are an ever-increasing issue in today’s technological environment — both at home and at work. Adversaries are constantly and tirelessly looking to capitalize not only on vulnerabilities in our computers and networks, but also in our vigilance to protect them and the information contained therein. All users must maintain an ongoing awareness of…

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