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Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Air Force

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…

Courtesy photo Salutes & Awards

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…

Senior Airman 
MARCY COPELAND Local

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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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

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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LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Air Force

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…


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Fly Over: ‘Evil Dead’, and ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’

Posted  April 12, 2013

In theaters: ‘Evil Dead’ Should’ve stayed that way Contrary to popular belief, not everyone goes to see a remake of a classic movie just to complain about it later. Sometimes, they want to see a movie worth the 50-cent increase in fountain drink prices. That said I was willing to give “Evil Dead” a chance,…

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Events

NEVER AGAIN: Heeding the warning signs

Posted  April 12, 2013

More than 60 years ago hundreds of thousands of people were brutally murdered because of their beliefs, disabilities or skin color. On Monday members of Luke Air Force Base gathered for a Days of Remembrance luncheon to remember them and to make sure it “Never Again” happens.

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Justice Report – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

The following is a list of Article 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in March: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to obey a no-contact order. The member received a reduction to E-4, suspended forfeiture of $1,201 pay per month for two…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

The 56th Security Force Squadron handled the following incidents March 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Mustang Street and Bong Lane. There were no injuries. March 29:…

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Photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka
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Sports Shorts – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Michael Rossi, 56th Communications Squadron, lines up before bowling the second frame of the first intramural bowling game against the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron team April 4 at Thunderbolt Lanes. Rossi spared in the frame. CS won the first game 820-757. Link up 2 golf   Iquinna Byrd,…

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Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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March calls to mind fallen

Posted  April 5, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota March of the Fallen participants hike up the White Tank Mountains March 30 located in Waddell, Ariz. Their weighted backpacks represented the gear that deployed members carry everyday and to honor fallen warriors. The three weight classes consisted of 45 pounds, 60 pounds and 75 pounds. All the…

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AF faces retention problem

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Air Force is facing tough times. Sequestration is forcing many of you to work overtime to run “what if” drills, cut mission essential training, forgo any real ability to plan and prepare for a potential civilian workforce furlough. Yet, we have a bigger problem and the impact will be felt for years to come….

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Leadership comes from every level

Posted  April 5, 2013

Are people born with natural leadership traits or are they created? Is this ability based on position, rank and/or even character? Do you believe the Air Force has an effective career progression plan in developing leaders? Although leadership is defined in many ways, the best definition heard to date and a myth is that leaders…

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Airman 1st Class Devante Williams
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Inspiring change through imagination

Posted  April 5, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, speaks to the audience March 27 during the Women’s History Month luncheon at Club Five Six. Bledsoe spoke about women’s history in the military and how they have been given opportunities to have more dominate roles in the military. March was Women’s History…

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News Briefs April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Military and veterans expo A military and veterans exposition will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 in Wheeler Park and an Armed Forces Day parade at 11 a.m. in historic downtown Flagstaff. There will be military vehicles and equipment, history, simulators, recruitment, band and drill presentations, and veteran organization promotions. For more…

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