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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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Salutes & Awards

CS changes command

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Raymond Chester, incoming 56th Communications Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony June 14 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base.

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Flashover chamber vital training for firefighters

Posted  June 21, 2013

Steven Kinkade Steven Kinkade Student firefighters prepare to exit the flashover chamber at the Luke Air Force Base fire training area May 4. Luke firefighters use the flashover chamber to educate and train firefighters on the warning signs of a flashover before it occurs. The life of a firefighter consists of a multitude of emergency…

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This Week in History: June 21

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Phoenix metro area had been growing for several decades. Courtesy Photo The original Community Initiatives Team was made up of, from left, Rusty Mitchell, Eric Binkley, Mike Hanson and Bob Dubsky. As a result of a number of local development decisions and the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Williams Air Force Base, 50…

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Latest Professional Development Guide now available online

Posted  June 21, 2013

The new Professional Development Guide, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at www.e-publishing.af.mil.

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Air Force News – June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

DOD establishes tissue bank to study brain injuries The Defense Department has established the world’s first brain tissue repository to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in service members, Pentagon officials announced Monday. The announcement follows a symposium that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel convened, in which a group of senior defense…

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People First – June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 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. AF updates…

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Housing officials reward residents for best-kept yard

Posted  June 21, 2013

How would you like to win a $100 gift card simply for taking care of your lawn? Balfour Beatty Communities created the “Yard of the Month” program to recognize and inspire base housing residents to take pride in their homes and better their quality of life by improving their landscaping in the Luke Air Force…

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It pays to invest

Posted  June 21, 2013

Though it’s impossible for money to grow on trees, by investing and with time it can multiply.

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Squadrons swap expertise in exercise

Posted  June 21, 2013

Members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron conducted an exercise June 13 with members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight and 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

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Unit deployment manager now special duty position

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment; a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity. In the past, the UDM retained his or her Air Force specialty code, and even though UDMs were working outside of their specialty, the position…

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