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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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Shoplifting can take base access, career, more

Posted  July 19, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the effects and consequences of shoplifting at Luke Air Force Base. Next week the article will address the effects shoplifting has on the base exchange and highlight the security system that has cut the number of thefts in half since 2009, according to Luke’s Loss…

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Who will go? Send Me

Posted  July 19, 2013

One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 6:8, “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” I can think of few better words to describe the servant leader. In our day-to-day struggles, it is easy to…

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What is your leadership style?

Posted  July 19, 2013

As leaders in today’s Air Force, we are presented early on with the rewarding challenge of leadership. But what is your leadership style? When you first joined the military, you were greeted by a military training instructor. After your ears stopped ringing, you unknowingly came to the conclusion that your MTI was using an authoritarian…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

AF ball – save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Backpacks of Love The annual Backpacks of Love drive has…

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Command chief shares message with Airmen

Posted  July 19, 2013

Senior AirmanKATE VAUGHN Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Luke Air Force Base Airmen during an enlisted call July 12 at the Bryant Fitness Center. Topics included driving under the influence prevention, wingmanship and leadership. The top enlisted leader of Luke Air Force Base hosted a series of enlisted…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Gladney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Assistant dedicated crew chief Hometown: San Antonio Years in service: Two Family: Wife, Laura; and daughter, Kairi Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: My wife and daughter. They make me want to be a…

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JAG Airman gets spot in NECP

Posted  July 19, 2013

She enlisted in the Air Force at age 18, cross-trained later in her career and now she is earning a commission in the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program. Tech Sgt. Tiffany Ebueng, 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate NCO-in-charge of military justice, has worked hard to get where she is. She always wanted to be a…

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308th AMU earns award 3 months straight

Posted  July 19, 2013

The 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s Emerald Knights recently earned the AMU of the Month award, proving for a third time in a row their dedication to excellence. The 308th AMU is part of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, which serves Luke Air Force Base through F-16 repairs and provisions. “The 308th AMU leadership team will…

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CPTS changes command

Posted  July 19, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Scottie McCord Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Scott Smith, incoming 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

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This week in history July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Courtesy Photo Aircraft from the 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons, of the 56th Fighter Group, land in 1948 in Germany after the first transoceanic jet fighter deployment in history. Operation Fox Able One Sixty-five years ago this week, Lt. Col. David Schilling, 56th Fighter Group commander, led 16 of the group’s Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star…

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