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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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Air Force News – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Cash allocation reinstates critical training, tests operations to Combat Air Force Combat Air Force units from multiple commands began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents $208 million of the $1.8 billion reprogramming allocation authorized by Congress. The money reinstates critical training…

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People First – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 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. Financial managers…

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Street Beat – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations July 4 through 11. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg 400. There were no injuries. Emergency responses July 8: Security forces responded to a…

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Load crews flex muscles in contest

Posted  July 19, 2013

A load crew competition took place July 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The objective of the competition was to finish with the fastest time with no safety violations.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 19, 2013

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” ~Abraham Lincoln There is much truth in the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Success is in large part about trial and error. Henry Ford said about failure, “It is an opportunity to begin…

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Fly Over: ‘End of Watch’, and ‘Pacific Rim’

Posted  July 19, 2013

‘Pacific Rim’ Let me start by making this very clear: anyone who does not care about watching giant, computer-generated robots punching giant, computer-generated monsters should lower my rating down a point or two. That is what Guillermo Del Toro set out to do with “Pacific Rim,” and this movie has it. Other aspects of filmmaking…

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EOD takes to mountains for training

Posted  July 19, 2013

Few tasks require as much attention to detail as disarming an explosive device, and in the mountains of Arizona, searing heat and rugged terrain add complexity to an already difficult task.

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Youth learn basketball skills

Posted  July 19, 2013

The children of Luke members had a unique experience this summer during a week-long camp sponsored by the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center.

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Sports Shorts – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Indoor soccer camp An indoor soccer camp is July 29 through Aug. 2 for Youth Programs members at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For more information, call 623-856-6225. Fitness fun camp A fitness fun camp is Monday through July 26 for Youth Programs members at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For…

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Additional F-35s coming to Luke

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Arizona Governor Janice Brewer speaks to reporters about Luke Air Force Base being chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lighting II aircraft June 27 in the Luke AFB Wing Headquarters Conference Room. The additional aircraft bring the total number of fifth-generation fighters to 144. Aircraft are expected to begin…

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