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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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Small gestures … big dividends

Posted  March 8, 2013

Analog leaders in a digital world Promotions, retirements, rendering a salute, giving a firm handshake; how about saying “Hello” as you pass people in your work environment or when you’re out in the community? Even a smile or nod of acknowledgement would be a great start. What about supporting squadron and base intramural teams and…

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Retiring chief shares parting thoughts

Posted  March 8, 2013

I will retire from the United States Air Force after 30 years and 26 days of active-duty service at 12:30 p.m. March 15 in the 425th hangar. Preparing for this event has brought to mind many thoughts of reflection and pride. Serving as an Airman in all enlisted ranks and serving the interests of our…

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Take command of personal healthcare

Posted  March 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Jenn, fill out MiCARE registration forms at the 56th Medical Group building on Luke Air Force Base. MiCARE allows users and health care providers to communicate about nonemergency care through secure means via email. MiCARE secure email messaging is an…

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Local Briefs March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

LOSC raffle The Luke Officers Spouses Club will be hosting a Bunny Basket Raffle at 11 a.m. March 19 at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, email lukeOSCReservations@gmail.com or respond to the e-vite. Book club Join others in a discussion of books about deadly women at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Luke…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  March 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class Jessica Chapman 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Engineering technician Hometown: Bison, S.D. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Roxie Niemi; father, Wade Chapman; and sisters Tanya Lawhead and Cassie Jackson Education: Associate degree in computer aided drafting from Western Dakota Technical Institute Inspirations: Family, friends; knowing I can make a difference Goals: Happiness,…

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Women’s History Month tees off …

Posted  March 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, tees off March 1 during the Women’s History Month Golf Tournament at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The tournament kicked off the month which will conclude with a luncheon at 11 a.m. March 27 at Club Five Six. This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring…

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Thunderbolt team earns ‘Tough Mudder’ title

Posted  March 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Airman 1st Class Reymundo Lopez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, prepares to jump into the Arctic Enema obstacle of the Tough Mudder challenge Feb. 23 in Mesa. The obstacle featured a pit filled with water and ice and is the second obstacle in the Tough Mudder course that has 21 obstacles…

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Cyber threats: Are you secure?

Posted  March 8, 2013

Cyber threats are an ever-increasing issue in today’s technological environment — both at home and at work. Adversaries are constantly and tirelessly looking to capitalize not only on vulnerabilities in our computers and networks, but also in our vigilance to protect them and the information contained therein. All users must maintain an ongoing awareness of…

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Funds in short supply for vehicle repair, purchase

Posted  March 8, 2013

photo byAirman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY FROM LEFT: Tech. Sgt. Robert Kelly, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO-in-charge, and Senior Airman Troy Eisenbeisz, 56th LRS body shop mechanic, check parts on a vehicle at an LRS lot on Luke Air Force Base. Vehicle maintainers work on vehicles registered to the Air Force that need repairs. When a…

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Air Force News – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

Grace Peterson — Air Force’s first female chief master sergeant FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Grace Peterson became the first female chief master sergeant in 1960. She was not only the first female chief master sergeant, she was part of the original group of senior NCOs to be selected for the rank of E-9. At…

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