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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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England tour provides total force initiative for 944th LRS

Posted  July 26, 2013

The 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels section traveled across the Atlantic July 15 for its annual tour at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.

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Street Beat – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and two nonmoving violations. Emergency responses July 17: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of fire in the base exchange. A small fire on the roof was quickly put out. There were no…

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Fly Over: ‘The Conjuring’, and ‘Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’’

Posted  July 26, 2013

‘The Conjuring’ Why do I see horror movies in theaters? There will always be that 15-year-old girl who screams at every sound and that jerk who’ll take out his incredibly bright cell phone. Ironically, horror is the one genre better seen in a quiet, tense setting; so, you know, bring the kids. That nightmare aside,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 26, 2013

“Ethics is defined as knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is the right thing to do.” ~Potter Stewart Potter Stewart, former Supreme Court justice, defined ethics as, “Knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is the right thing to do.” Do you…

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Justice Report

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to obey a lawful order. The member received a suspended reduction to E-4, forfeiture of $500 pay and a reprimand. Demotions A senior airman was…

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Construction on track for F-35 basing

Posted  July 26, 2013

Once just plans on paper, the F-35 training facilities at Luke Air Force Base are quickly becoming a reality.

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Commissaries offer ‘Back to School’ savings

Posted  July 26, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are offering significant savings on back-to-school products to help children in the classroom. “Your commissary is the very best choice to get food products for your children’s healthy breakfasts; easy-to-prepare, healthy pack lunches; after-school snacks and other school-related items,” said Michelle Frost, the Defense Commissary Agency’s chief of promotions and…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 26, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before…

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People First – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 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. Special duties…

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Air Force News – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Fiscal 2014 force management programs announced The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials recently said. Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end-strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right…

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