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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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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  April 5, 2013

“I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do great things”   ~ Mother Teresa You there reading this! You’re valuable. You make a difference. You’re valuable to our Thunderbolt family. You may not be able to do all things that keep Luke AFB functional, but…

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Air Force announces NDAA implementation plan of mandated force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

Washington, DC – The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Robb Williams 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman Hometown: Rogersville, Mo. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Kevin and Cheryl Williams; and brother, Adam Williams Education: Currently working on a degree in criminal justice Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing I want is out of my reach Goals: Finish my…

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People First – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 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. DOD works…

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Air Force News – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Obama selects former Luke commander for NATO post The Air Force’s top commander in Europe is President Barack Obama’s choice to be NATO’s next supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command. During a news conference today with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck…

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News Briefs April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Military and veterans expo A military and veterans exposition will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 in Wheeler Park and an Armed Forces Day parade at 11 a.m. in historic downtown Flagstaff. There will be military vehicles and equipment, history, simulators, recruitment, band and drill presentations, and veteran organization promotions. For more…

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Inspiring change through imagination

Posted  April 5, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, speaks to the audience March 27 during the Women’s History Month luncheon at Club Five Six. Bledsoe spoke about women’s history in the military and how they have been given opportunities to have more dominate roles in the military. March was Women’s History…

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Leadership comes from every level

Posted  April 5, 2013

Are people born with natural leadership traits or are they created? Is this ability based on position, rank and/or even character? Do you believe the Air Force has an effective career progression plan in developing leaders? Although leadership is defined in many ways, the best definition heard to date and a myth is that leaders…

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AF faces retention problem

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Air Force is facing tough times. Sequestration is forcing many of you to work overtime to run “what if” drills, cut mission essential training, forgo any real ability to plan and prepare for a potential civilian workforce furlough. Yet, we have a bigger problem and the impact will be felt for years to come….

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March calls to mind fallen

Posted  April 5, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota March of the Fallen participants hike up the White Tank Mountains March 30 located in Waddell, Ariz. Their weighted backpacks represented the gear that deployed members carry everyday and to honor fallen warriors. The three weight classes consisted of 45 pounds, 60 pounds and 75 pounds. All the…

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