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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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Gettin’ picky …

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Capt. Anthony Generous, 308th Fighter Squadron, volunteers with others to remove trash and debris along Glendale Avenue on July 26. The 308th FS adopted a mile of road to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets.

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In Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished…

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Luke IPs use downrange experience to train F-16 pilots

Posted  August 2, 2013

What is the most useful way to train an Airman? Using career development courses? What about using knowledge that one has gained from working at their home station? Maj. Andre Senay, 56th Training Squadron air-to-air subject matter expert, and Maj. Ryan Savageau, 310th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, use what they have gained from…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Leslie Eccles 56th Operations Support Squadron Intelligence Operations Fighter Squadron Support NCO-in-charge Hometown: LaVergne, Tenn Years in service: Four Family: Parents, Donna and Joseph Eccles and brother, Joseph Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England Inspirations: My first inspiration is from my…

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Luke members prepare to walk across country

Posted  August 2, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Retired Chief Master Sgt. Barry Lewis walks around the track during the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Luke Air Force Base track. Lewis walked during the 10-hour event in preparation for walking from Phoenix to his home town of Fredericktown, Penn. What is the first thing you intend to do after…

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LFE pulls out stops, final test of skill

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 310th Fighter Squadron takes off during a large force exercise July 19 at Luke Air Force Base. An LFE is the capstone to a pilot’s B-Course that tests the skills learned throughout the course. Every student pilot taking the B Course must take part in…

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Enlisted spouses give back to community

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Luke Air Base Enlisted Spouses’ Club discuss items from the agenda July 23 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center. Luke’s ESC is a diverse group of spouses from all walks of life that represent a variety of skills, talents and interests. In the entrance…

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Former Luke boss takes reigns of Air Force safety enterprise

Posted  August 2, 2013

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer assumed the duties of Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center July 15. Reporting directly to the Air Force chief of staff, Neubauer develops, executes and evaluates Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear…

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Critical Days of Summer mid-campaign message

Posted  August 2, 2013

As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset – you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season. We can help turn this trend around by…

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Air Force News – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

No more redundant inspections: AF implements new inspection system The Air Force recently implemented a new inspection system, aimed at giving more power to wing commanders. With the signing of Program Action Directive 13-01, Air Force inspection system Implementation Tiger Team transitions from the planning phase to the execution phase. The program, which was beta tested…

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