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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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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 26, 2013

Senior Airman John Standley 56th Comptroller Squadron Contingency Operations Budget Analyst Hometown: Azusa, Calif. Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Courtney, and sons, Tyson Miller, 3, and Peyton, 2 months Education: Pursing a Community College of the Air Force degree in financial management Inspirations: My grandfather, as a World War II veteran I wanted to…

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308th FS under new management

Posted  July 26, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Christopher Bacon, incoming 308th Fighter Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 11 at Luke Air Force Base.

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O-5 selects announced

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following majors have been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: Ben Aronhime, 56th Training Squadron David Lemery, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Benjamin Bartlett, 56th Fighter Wing Dennis Lincoln, 56th Operations Group Robert Mason, 309th Fighter Squadron Jeffrey Montgomery, 308th Fighter Squadron Nathan Smith, 62nd FS Steven Whisler, 309th FS

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following individuals and units are best-of-the-best: Load crew Crew 94 ME2 Lee Kok Foong, ME2 Winston Lim and ME1 Deepanraj, 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Maintenance professional Airman: Airman 1st Class Mark McClary, 308th AMU NCO: Staff Sgt. Russel Houser, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Andres Vasquez, 62nd AMU Maintenance support professional…

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Class gives tips on making move smooth

Posted  July 26, 2013

Every year hundreds of military families move from one base to another and each move gets a little easier, but who said it didn’t have to be easy to start with. The 56th Force Support Squadron’s Airman and Family Readiness Center is here to help make it easy for everyone, whether it’s the first or…

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Running clinic gets Airmen fired up about fitness

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist, participates in a spin class with Airmen July 17 at the 56th AMDS Health and Wellness Center. The class is part of the running clinic, a six-week-long program designed to improve fitness test scores. Running is part of the physical training test and as such,…

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Second job entails procedures, approval

Posted  July 26, 2013

Unexpected events in life such as family issues, education needs and even career progression can make getting a second job helpful for active-duty Airmen. However, if an Airman seeks off-duty employment, certain protocol must be adhered to. Factors such as upgrade training, upcoming deployments and duty performance can effect whether or not an Airman receives…

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Air Force News – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Fiscal 2014 force management programs announced The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials recently said. Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end-strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right…

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People First – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 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. Special duties…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 26, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before…

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