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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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Official explains tuition assistance QA program

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill Wednesday. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick Vollrath said new policies will…

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Street Beat – June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 31 through June 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 35 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a…

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Asthma diagnoses in children on steady rise

Posted  June 14, 2013

Asthma stands as a unique diagnosis in the pediatric population due to how often it is found in the general population as well as the potential for significant complications associated with symptoms suddenly worsening. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, asthma affects approximately one out of every 12 children in the…

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Exchange launches eReceipts program

Posted  June 14, 2013

Military shoppers who prefer the ease and organization that an eReceipt provides can skip the paper receipt and have documentation of their transaction emailed to them when shopping the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. Shoppers simply provide their email address and phone number at checkout to sign up to receive eReceipts. “Purchase receipts by email…

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Exchange shoppers turn old phones into cash

Posted  June 14, 2013

Military shoppers who have an old cell phone or two lying around gathering dust can now trade them in for credit toward a Smart Phone upgrade at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange Mobile Center. A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new Smart Phone, accessory or even insurance for…

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Airman thankful for dad

Posted  June 14, 2013

What does it take to be a father? Leadership, guidance and love may be some of the qualities that come to mind. On Sunday, fathers are acknowledged for their part in raising children in many places of the world. Although Father’s Day is known for gifts and cards, for one Airman it’s about being thankful…

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Sports Shorts – May 31, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

607th ACS defeats MOS 16-4   Gustavo Bautista, 607th Air Control Squadron, catches a pop fly during the first inning of an intramural softball game Monday against the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron team at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The catch was the second out of the inning.   Joshua…

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Thunderbolts lead by lightning

Posted  June 7, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen gathered May 29 and 30 to attend a seminar hosted by the Lightning Leadership committee. The kickoff to the Lighting Leadership initiative included two sessions daily, one for Airmen and one for NCOs. Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, handpicked leaders from across base to be…

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What do you radiate?

Posted  June 7, 2013

Col. Daniel Smith I am a believer in the power of positive influence. I buy into such phrases as “your attitude determines your altitude.” I have been the benefactor of being led by those who radiate positive vibes. Not in a heads in the clouds Pollyanna kind of way, but a glass half full ……

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Redemption + renewal = stronger you

Posted  June 7, 2013

According to dictionary.com, redemption is the act of redeeming or atoning for a fault, mistake or the state of being redeemed. After bouncing back from any situation, the road to redemption begins. This is an opportunity to learn from a mistake or mistakes and to make you a stronger person. However, that it is easier…

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