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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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Wisdom ‘pearls’ practical, useful for leaders

Posted  June 21, 2013

Recently, I had the pleasure of putting together a leadership course for the Medical Group’s company grade officers. The focus was on ensuring good leadership. In preparation for this course I studied material that listed laws of leadership aimed at making better leaders, no matter where they are in the leadership journey. I want to…

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Academy cadets get taste of real AF life

Posted  June 21, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Air Force Academy Cadet 2nd Class Joshua Burdge, left, installs a 20mm gun drum on an F-16 June 14 on the flightline. The cadets spent the day shadowing armament systems specialists from the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The cadets also visited the medical group, public affairs, finance and security…

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Sports Shorts – June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

SFS squeaks by MOS in golf tourney Joshua Hoffman, 56th SFS, prepares to drive the golf ball downrange on the 5th hole. The 56th Security Forces Squadron defeated the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron 73-72 during an intramural golf tournament June 20 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The 56th SFS team remained confident despite the…

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Luke water safe by EPA standards

Posted  June 28, 2013

The drinking water at Luke Air Force Base is deemed safe by Environmental Protection Agency standards, according to a report released this month by the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight. The study, an annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality, is available on the Luke AFB website. The report describes the presence…

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Ducks offer warriors to CAF

Posted  June 28, 2013

Class 13-BBG will take their next step today on the long road to becoming combat mission-ready fighter pilots in the most lethal Air Force in the world.

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Fly Over: ‘The Divide’, and ‘The Heat’

Posted  June 28, 2013

On DVD: ‘The Divide’ I was visiting with Michael Biehn last year at the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival, and he told me about a movie he had recently filmed called “The Divide.” He was really proud of the project and said it was the best ensemble cast he had ever been a part of –…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 28, 2013

“A living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.” ~Mahatma Gandhi This past weekend Nik Wallenda became the first person to cross the Grand Canyon on a wire without a safety tether or net. He had to balance and walk on a two-inch wire stretched across the 1,400 foot canyon. While crossing…

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Missoula Children’s Theatre visits

Posted  June 28, 2013

A group of crabs (Tahlia Mudimurema, Qadiira Hicks, Aden Sandiford and Alexadrea Manlucu) prepare to protect Blackbeard’s treasure during a production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” June 21 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The Missoula Children’s Theatre, a nonprofit travelling theatre company, travels to military installations to help develop children’s life skills such…

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62nd FS ‘lends’ helping hand

Posted  June 28, 2013

To assist families in having affordable homes to live in, members of the 62nd Fighter Squadron volunteered in support of Habitat for Humanity Saturday in Avondale.

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Airmen inspired to run marathon

Posted  June 28, 2013

She was never a runner, and when she did run, it was during mandatory physical training sessions. One day someone challenged and inspired her to run more than she ever imagined.

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