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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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People First – June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 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. Joint strike…

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Air Force News – June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

Air Force sets plan to integrate women in combat jobs by 2016 The Air Force released details of the service’s plan to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields June 18. The implementation plan was recently submitted to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for review. More than 99 percent of Air Force positions are…

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In Brief – July 28, 2103

Posted  June 28, 2013

Freedom Fest The Fourth of July Freedom Fest is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Fowler Park. Kids splash zone, live music, food and beverages for purchase, and prize drawings are included. A fireworks show will be held at 9 p.m. The Kachina Gate will be open 5:30 to 10:15 p.m. MOS inactivation The 56th Maintenance…

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Justice Report

Posted  June 28, 2013

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in May: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to go, dereliction of duty and making a false official statement. The member received a reduction to E-4, suspended forfeiture of $1,201 and a reprimand….

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Street Beat

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 14 through 20: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 19 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 19: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the commissary parking lot. There were no injuries. June 19: Security forces responded to…

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Health & Safety

Fireworks explode into holiday, could cause injury

Posted  June 28, 2013

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is urging Americans to take extra care when celebrating with fireworks this Fourth of July. For most Americans, the celebration is a time for food, fun and fireworks, but in 2012 nearly 10,000 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. Burns were the most common, accounting for…

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This week in history: June 28

Posted  June 28, 2013

First air-to-air refueling Today, air-to-air refueling is a daily occurrence across the U.S. Air Force. But it was not always so. Ninety years ago this week, two Airmen successfully completed the first air-to-air refueling. On June 27, 1923, Lts. Lowell Smith and John Richter made the Army Air Service’s first complete hose refueling between two…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 28, 2013

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Aviation resource manager Hometown: Cameron, Ariz. Years in Service: Seven Education: Completing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation management Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My mother showed me no matter how…

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MOS says goodbye, functions move to MXG

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron will inactivate during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Hangar 914. As a squadron, the MOS is responsible for many aspects of what happens on the flightline. They do maintenance training for the 56th Maintenance Group, analyze maintenance data, do the planning and scheduling of flying hours, oversee quality…

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Luke AFB civilian furloughs begin next month

Posted  June 28, 2013

Federal budget cuts have hit home for Luke Air Force Base as hundreds of civilian employees will face furloughs beginning next month. Starting July 8, approximately 702 employees at Luke will be furloughed two days per pay period, for a total of 11 days through the end of September. This unpaid time off will cut…

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