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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

MXG announces AETC, quarterly awards

Posted  April 26, 2013

The following individuals are Air Education and Training Command award winners: 2012 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners Munitions missile maintenance Technician: Senior Airman Brian Runyan, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Civilian technician: Dale Wollschlager, 56th EMS Manager: Master Sgt. William McClannan, 56th EMS Civilian manager: Lester Alexander, 56th EMS Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows,…

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What goes down stormdrain will come up

Posted  April 26, 2013

Do you know what is going down your storm drain? At Luke Air Force Base, we have more than 1,400 industrial processes that could potentially harm Arizona’s watershed. Now consider the 1.5 million residents in the Valley! Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or…

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Health & Safety

STREET BEAT

Posted  April 26, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 15 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Emergency responses April 12: Security forces responded…

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Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center looks for more patients – no waiting list

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airmen who are sick of living day to day with their glasses and contacts have an opportunity to leave them all behind. The Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center has no waiting list and is looking for new Airmen who wish to eliminate their dependency…

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Air Force

Air Force News – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Sequestration will affect force readiness The four branches of the military delivered another warning to Congress April 18 that a prolonged budget sequester will significantly affect military readiness, and could leave the services unable to carry out defense strategy. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer told lawmakers sequestration has forced the cancellation…

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Events

People First – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 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. VA expedites…

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MDG goes all out at bash

Posted  April 26, 2013

Guy McAdams, 56th Medical Group, starts a water fight April 19 during the 2013 MDG Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base Fowler Park. The event featured activities including a kickball tournament.   Justin Harris, civilian, and Senior Airman Cortney Davis, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, lift a tire during the warrior-fit event at the mash…

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Commentary

Fly Over: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’, and Saigon Kitchen

Posted  April 26, 2013

For Xbox 360 and Playstation 3: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ NetherRealm is still in the game I am a huge fan of fighting games, particularly the “Mortal Kombat” series. This was a little difficult for me during the latter part of the Midway publishing era, when the “MK” designers were rushed into releasing mediocre installments….

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Girl scouts get ‘dog show’

Posted  April 26, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Lopez, center, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, talks to girl scouts about the kennel facility and his experience working with the MWDs April 16 when the girls visited Luke Air Force Base. The girl scouts delivered 300 cases, about 2,600 boxes, of cookies in support of Operation Thunderbox, a…

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Learned behavior must match Air Force standards

Posted  April 26, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Sexual assault and harassment are rightfully in the forefront of Defense Department and Air Force leadership concerns. Leaders speak continually about the damages sexual assault and harassment inflict upon Airmen, the unit and the mission. Their command emphasis helps highlight a problem endemic in our ranks. At the end of the…

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