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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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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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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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Air Force News – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Welsh: Sequestration will ‘undermine’ readiness Unprecedented budget factors have placed the nation’s defense strategy in jeopardy, senior Defense Department leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 12. During his opening remarks, the chief of staff of the Air Force stressed the severity of the current fiscal situation. “Sequestration threatens to carve crucial capability from…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 22, 2013

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to the shoppette. There were no injuries. Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a hit and run…

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Exchange offers pricing parity

Posted  February 22, 2013

Whether service members are here at Luke Air Force Base, on temporary duty or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While…

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People First – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 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. AF implements…

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Health & Safety

Justice Report – January 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions for January: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s An airman first class received an Article 15 for dereliction of duty, underage drinking. The member received a reduction to E-2, suspended forfeiture of $849 pay per month for two months, 15 days extra duty and a reprimand….

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted  February 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not…

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Home-schoolers get healthy at expo

Posted  February 22, 2013

A home-school student jumps before being tagged during a game of “duck, duck, goose” at the 56th Force Support Squadron Health and Wellness Center. Students visited Luke Air Force Base with the African American Heritage Committee to learn about fitness and get ideas on fun games, workouts they can do by themselves and eating healthy….

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Fly Over: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, ‘Django Unchained’

Posted  February 22, 2013

In theaters: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ Well, actually hard to die at all Whenever someone lists of the greatest action movies of all time (and, in some cases, greatest Christmas movies of all time), the original “Die Hard” tends to be on that list and with good reason. However, the sequels, to my…

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Releasing the artist within

Posted  February 22, 2013

Senior Airman Boe Ericksen, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron load crew member, traces the lines of a dandelion before painting it during the fine arts painting class Feb. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The fine arts painting class is 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the arts and crafts center.   Dianne Nowicki, art instructor,…

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Sports Shorts – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Derek Ezell, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, avoids a 56th Communications Squadron defender Feb. 13 during the flag football championship game at Luke Air Force Base. 56th MOS defeated 56th CS 40-13. MOS avenges only loss of season by Airman 1st Class DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Maintenance Operations…

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