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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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Getting details right matters

Posted  July 12, 2013

“If we can’t get the simple things right – patients worry about the rest of care.” My Medical Corp Chief, Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, spoke those words at a quality and patient safety meeting several years ago, and the words continue to resonate with me. In the Air Force medical service our patients’ health is…

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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted  July 12, 2013

One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about pursuing educational goals. The…

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Inner drive pushed All-American to qualify for 2008 Olympics

Posted  July 12, 2013

2nd Lt.CANDICE DILLITTE Airman 1st Class Kyle Young, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport systems apprentice, squats 225 pounds July 2 as part of his workout at the 607th ACS gym. Young works out ten times a week to maintain fitness. Every Airman has a story to tell. However, not every Airman’s story involves them…

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 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. Finance office hours change The finance customer service office will…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Lloydon Balili 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry apprentice Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif. Years in service: Two Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in ophthalmic technician and bachelor’s in Christian ministry Inspirations: My mother and older sister always made me want to be better; they both work hard to…

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Air Force announces E-6 promotions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The promotion list for technical sergeant was released Air Force wide June 27. The following staff sergeants have been selected for promotion at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Christopher Huckins 56th Comptroller Squadron Magen Baker 56th Training Squadron Thomas Duggan, Ramon Escobedo and Jonie Escorpiso 56th Operations Support Squadron Angela Gonzalez, Christopher Moylan…

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ALS graduates 33 Airmen in class 13-5

Posted  July 12, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 32 senior airmen June 27 from Class 13-5. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Stephen Dobbins, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Michael Imler, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Riley Watson, 162nd LRS Commandant’s…

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Luke member rescues girl, earns award

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Joseph Sana, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 911 dispatcher, pose for a photo June 25 at a ceremony where he received a lifesaving award for actions he took April 19 to save a young girl from a dog attack. The ceremony took place at Surprise City Hall. Joseph…

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Number of shoplifters increases in 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Upward trend of theft causes concern for base exchange officials Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles on shoplifting at Luke. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange caught 32 shoplifters in 2012. By comparison, this year, 34 people have already been caught as of Sunday trying to steal on base. The…

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Administrative actions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The administrative actions Luke follows when non active-duty servicemembers, reservists or guardsmen are caught shoplifting: Dependents of military members, retired military members and ID card holding dependents of retirees: Shoplifting no matter the amount, will result in a one-year Army Air Force Exchange Services suspension. Police with the 56th SFS will notify Glendale police. A…

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