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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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EOD takes to mountains for training

Posted  July 19, 2013

Few tasks require as much attention to detail as disarming an explosive device, and in the mountains of Arizona, searing heat and rugged terrain add complexity to an already difficult task.

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Fly Over: ‘End of Watch’, and ‘Pacific Rim’

Posted  July 19, 2013

‘Pacific Rim’ Let me start by making this very clear: anyone who does not care about watching giant, computer-generated robots punching giant, computer-generated monsters should lower my rating down a point or two. That is what Guillermo Del Toro set out to do with “Pacific Rim,” and this movie has it. Other aspects of filmmaking…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 19, 2013

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” ~Abraham Lincoln There is much truth in the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Success is in large part about trial and error. Henry Ford said about failure, “It is an opportunity to begin…

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Load crews flex muscles in contest

Posted  July 19, 2013

A load crew competition took place July 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The objective of the competition was to finish with the fastest time with no safety violations.

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Street Beat – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations July 4 through 11. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg 400. There were no injuries. Emergency responses July 8: Security forces responded to a…

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People First – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 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. Financial managers…

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Air Force News – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Cash allocation reinstates critical training, tests operations to Combat Air Force Combat Air Force units from multiple commands began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents $208 million of the $1.8 billion reprogramming allocation authorized by Congress. The money reinstates critical training…

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This week in history July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Courtesy Photo Aircraft from the 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons, of the 56th Fighter Group, land in 1948 in Germany after the first transoceanic jet fighter deployment in history. Operation Fox Able One Sixty-five years ago this week, Lt. Col. David Schilling, 56th Fighter Group commander, led 16 of the group’s Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star…

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CPTS changes command

Posted  July 19, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Scottie McCord Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Scott Smith, incoming 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

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308th AMU earns award 3 months straight

Posted  July 19, 2013

The 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s Emerald Knights recently earned the AMU of the Month award, proving for a third time in a row their dedication to excellence. The 308th AMU is part of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, which serves Luke Air Force Base through F-16 repairs and provisions. “The 308th AMU leadership team will…

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