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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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Fire training lights up night

Posted  May 3, 2013

Firefighters with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron enter the “immediately dangerous to life and health zone” and begin putting out ground fires as the exterior safety officer looks on during the training.   Senior Airman Sandra Welch Firefighters with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron drive a P-19 Stryker fire truck to use large quantities of…

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People First – May 5, 2013

Posted  May 3, 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. Sr. DOD…

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Air Force News – May 5, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

AF uses innovative tactics to tackle sexual assault issue As part of an innovative initiative to reduce sexual assault across the Air Force, Minot Air Force Base has partnered with the Gracie Academy to certify 100 men and women of the U.S. Air Force in the Gracie Women Empowered program, April 15 to 19. In…

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UDMs to ready warfighters

Posted  May 3, 2013

The additional duty of a unit deployment manager includes a variety of responsibilities. They can range from ensuring personnel and resources are prepared to deploy to acting as liaison between higher authority and deploying members. Being responsible for a successful deployment for more than 100 members can be stressful and rewarding at the same time,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  May 3, 2013

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams One reason the old adage, “actions speak louder than words,” remains in circulation is because it proves true. Words can motivate or inspire, but it is usually words combined with actions of…

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Nurses, most trusted professionals, make contribution at Luke

Posted  May 3, 2013

National Nurses Week The 56th Medical Group is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Week Monday through May 10. This year’s theme is “Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care.” The purpose of the week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the…

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Job fair coming Tuesday

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center and the Department of Economic Security Arizona Workforce Connection are hosting a job fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. The job fair is open to all active-duty, Reserve and Guard members, families, retirees or any other affiliated personnel with base…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 3, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 19 through April 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 20 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in base housing. There were no injuries. April 24: Security forces responded to a report…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 3, 2013

Airman 1st Class Joshua Bird 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office Paralegal, adverse actions Years in service: One Inspirations: Past great Americans, i.e. George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln Goals: Get a bachelor’s degree while on active duty Greatest feat: Joining the Air Force Self-description: Detail oriented, think outside the box, like difficult problems, team…

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Packing for pilot safety …

Posted  May 3, 2013

Senior Airman Kyle Green, 56th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, shows Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, how to pack a drag chute April 26 at Luke Air Force Base. The drag chute is repacked every 30 days.     Green, 56th OSS, observes Staton, 56th FW, pack a…

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