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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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AETC, 56th Fighter Wing announce awards

Posted  May 10, 2013

The following individual is a 2013 Air Education and Training Command award winner: Honor Guard: Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 56th Fighter Wing The following indivduals are 2013 first quarter award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Samantha Sarmiento, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Aaron Kain, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO:…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt. Zachary Milne Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical aircraft maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Rochester, N.Y. Years in service: Seven years Education: Community College of the Air Force aviation maintenance and instructor of technical military science Previous assignments: Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My family supports me…

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News Briefs: May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

756th AMXS COC Lt. Col. James Upchurch will relinquish command of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Lt. Col. Dominick Martin in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. May 23 in Hangar 913. LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will host a Murder Mystery Luau at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted  May 10, 2013

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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CONS: Who we are, what we do

Posted  May 10, 2013

When people ask me what my job is in the Air Force, I tell them contracting. The typical response is, “You’re a contractor?” Then, I have to explain that I am not a contractor but actually an active-duty Air Force officer who has been given the authority to spend taxpayer dollars in order to keep…

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Police Week recognizes law enforcers

Posted  May 10, 2013

National Police Week, Monday through May 17, is a celebration and remembrance of law enforcement officials and agencies throughout our great nation. Every year police departments and law enforcement agencies come together to honor and remember those who have served our communities and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The week is a simple “thank…

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Shaking a tail feather …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the Filipino American association of Arizona show children how to perform “Gangnam Style” during the Funtastic Friday May 3 at the Luke Air Force Base youth center. The association was the special guest for the event held to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

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MWDs, handlers train for deployment

Posted  May 16, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Senior Airman Justin Lopez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his dog Oscar, 56th SFS MWD, perform a tactical obedience maneuver at the kennels Dec. 14 on Luke Air Force Base. Lopez and Oscar practice this maneuver as a form of providing cover for the dog during…

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Sports Shorts – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

Angela White, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, hits the ball over the net during the first game of the 3-on-3 sand volleyball championship game May 9 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center sand volleyball court. MOS scored a point on the play. The 56th Security Forces Squadron team won the game 25-16. Volleyball championship by Airman…

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Thunderbolts make mad dash for Boston relief

Posted  May 17, 2013

Approximately 120 Luke Thunderbolts ran, walked and cheered during a charity run May 10 at the base track to raise funds for victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

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