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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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A view to all …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Staff Sgt. Christopher Hatch FROM LEFT: Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Arizona Senator Don Shooter, District 13, viewed construction sites across Luke Air Force Base and the location of the solar array April 12 from the catwalk of the air traffic control tower with Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander.

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People First – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 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. New resources…

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Fallen hero’s dedication honored with ride

Posted  April 19, 2013

Webster’s Dictionary defines dedication as “Devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose.” The 56th LRS POL Flight defines dedication with a picture of Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country.

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 19, 2013

Sascha Blasko 56th Medical Group Medical Information Systems NCO-in-charge How do you stay fit? High intensity interval training, long-distance running, lifting weights and maintaining a healthy diet. What drives you to keep working out? Seeing results physically and being able to accomplish workouts with less fatigue. Favorite music to work out to? Rock. Favorite workout?…

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Resting muscles, body, mind vital to fitness success

Posted  April 19, 2013

Although it is great to be fit, it is also important to properly rest muscles and get enough sleep. Overtraining is bad and can cause a lot of problems, said Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist. “If you experience a decline in performance, your times are slower or you aren’t able to lift…

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Archaeologists tour Luke’s 5,000 year old site

Posted  April 19, 2013

Thirty professional archaeologists and students toured the Luke Air Force Base Solar-Power-Array project area April 12 to learn about the find at the site and its rich history.

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Luke campout …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Luke Air Force Base families roast marshmallows during a family campout April 12. The campout featured fire pits, volleyball, Frisbee, a bounce house and movies. Children make sugar tubes during a craft session at the campout. Dinner, treats and a pancake breakfast were free to participants. Luke Air…

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Don’t get caught in a ‘bind’

Posted  April 19, 2013

There are only a few individuals on base who have been authorized to bind the government in a contract with an outside entity. Those members are also bound to the extent of their appointment limitations. A commitment made to obligate the government by any employee other than a contracting officer or purchase cardholder is an…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 19, 2013

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” ~ Vaclav Havel How do you define hope? More importantly, where do you find hope? Hope is much more than just desiring a good outcome to an event. Psalm 33:20 teaches…

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News Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 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. April 26 in Hangar 408. Adult craft group Create candy topiaries using Dum-Dum Pops at the adult craft group at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Luke Air Force Base Library….

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