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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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‘Zoo’ comes to CDC

Posted  May 3, 2013

Brittney Powers, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium education specialist, displays a blue-tongued skink. Other animals that visited the CDC included the African pygmy hedgehog, ball python, African spurred tortoise and more. The African spurred tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. Adults are usually 36-inches long and can weigh 200 pounds….

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Sports Shorts – May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

CES gets groove on Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the 56th CES begin a 2 ½-mile run across base. The route was from the gym to the CES compound and back.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron performs stretches prior to a physical training session Tuesday in the Luke Air Force…

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Volunteering for Pat’s run …

Posted  April 26, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. Steven Pleasants, 56th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, and Capt. Tony Short, 56th SFS operations officer, salute during the national anthem Saturday before the 9th Annual Pat’s Run outside the Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event…

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Base housing not just roof over head

Posted  April 26, 2013

Everyone needs a place to live. Military members have the option of living in the local community or living in base housing. Those who choose to live on Luke Air Force Base become acquainted with Balfour Beatty Communities. Almost 17 years ago Congress established the Military Housing Privatization Initiative as a tool to help the…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 26, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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First sergeant nothing to fear; here to help

Posted  April 26, 2013

This goes out to everyone in the 56th Fighter Wing, “Do not be afraid of your first sergeant.” We are not the people some may portray us to be. I have heard many times during my six years as a shirt that the only people in the shirt’s office are getting in trouble. That is…

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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE Senior Airman Nicholas Liuzzi, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, performs a pushup at the Luke Air Force Base track April 17. Pushups help in strengthening abdominal muscles. Core muscles engage while helping to support the body during a pushup. Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While…

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Local Briefs: April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. today in Hangar 408. CES change of command Lt. Col. Chad Bondurant will relinquish command of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron to Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon at 8 a.m. May…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st Class Adrian Moreno 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron>br/> Maintenance scheduler Hometown: Melrose Park, Ill. Years in service: One Family: Mom, dad and two brothers Education: Two years at Marquette University; would like to pursue a career in astronomy and physics Greatest feat: Traveled to Zambia, Africa, for humanitarian purposes Famous last words: “Better to…

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Navajo Code Talkers turned course of WWII

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE FROM LEFT: Bill Toledo, Robert Walley and Alfred Newman, World War II Navajo code talker veterans, pose for a photo April 12 at the Luke Air Force Base exchange. The three veterans visited Luke to educate the public about the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in WWII. Three World War…

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