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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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Splish splash, Silver Wings pool is back!

Posted  June 20, 2014

As the temperature rises and every day is marked by triple digit degrees, summer has declared its unofficial arrival and pools across Arizona are opening their doors to provide relief from the extreme heat.

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Justice Report

Posted  June 20, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for May: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 A senior airman received an Article 15 for drunken driving. The member received forfeiture of $500 pay per month for two months and a reprimand. A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for wrongful…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 20, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at South Gate. There were no injuries. Insurance information was exchanged. June 13: Security forces responded to a…

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Sports Shorts – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

FSS dominates first V-ball match of season Bridget Penton, 56th Force Support Squadron, returns a volley during a match with 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron June 9 at Luke Air Force Base. FSS won two out of three games to win the first match of the volleyball season. Story and photo by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter…

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309 FS stands down, piano goes up in flames

Posted  June 13, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA 1st Lt. Tucker Browne, 309th Fighter Squadron pilot, plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the burning piano. Engulfing a 100-year-old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze. The 309th Fighter Squadron invited Airmen from the 56th Operations Group to a…

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New Arms Race: STEM education ensures future force

Posted  June 13, 2014

Selecting a degree or training program is a major decision with far reaching impact. Reasons for pursuing certain degrees vary, from improving one’s current skill set to achieving long term goals. One’s decisions may be influenced by class availability or the goal of “checking a box.” However, as educational technology and funding has increased, Airmen…

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Standards: Foundation for enlisted

Posted  June 13, 2014

“Standards of Conduct, Character and Military Bearing” is a title familiar to us all as one of the enlisted performance report blocks. However, the term “standards” is much broader than that and includes all the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives as professional Airmen. Whether it is an Air Force Instruction, technical order,…

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Biggest loser really biggest winner

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, won this year’s Biggest Loser Contest by dropping 15 percent of her starting body weight. The 56th Force Support Squadron recently held a “biggest loser” contest on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen and civilians from across base measured and weighed in weekly…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Free hangar concert Country-music artists Jerrod Niemann, The Swon Brothers and Laura Walsh will perform at “A Salute to the Troops,” concert 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Hangar 999. Admission is free and the event is open to all ID card holders and their families. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Shuttle…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 13, 2014

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager NCO in charge Hometown: Cameron, Arizona Years in service: Eight Family: Mother, brother and sister Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, South Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: I wouldn’t be who or where I am without my family Goals:…

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