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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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Air Force News – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be “devastating” to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Defense Department officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. “Now…

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People First – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 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 chief…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb.1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 966. There were no injuries. Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report…

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New fees for pets traveling to Germany

Posted  February 15, 2013

Germany has instituted new import fees for animals entering the country from outside the European Union. These fees took effect Feb. 1 and are being charged to cover the costs of examination by a German veterinarian at the port of entry into the country. The new program is in accordance with the EU regulation for…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  February 15, 2013

Airman 1st Class Kyle Young 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber transport systems apprentice 1. How do you stay fit? I vary activities throughout the year so that I don’t become bored or complacent. They include weights, running, swimming, push-ups, pull-ups and abdominal exercises. 2. What drives you to keep working out? My personal desire to…

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Firearm safety goes distance to prevent mishaps

Posted  February 15, 2013

Combat Arms Training and Maintenance members went out to the Ben Avery Shooting Range Jan. 31 to maintain their qualifications as advanced designated marksmen.

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Financial classes offered on base

Posted  February 15, 2013

Some people are feeling the financial pain from the holiday hangover? Those with any money concerns at all, should take action now to improve their financial future. Now is the time to take a serious look at your spending habits, emergency fund, account balances, savings and investments. Make time during the 2013 Military Saves Week,…

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Fly Over: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, ‘Identity Thief’

Posted  February 15, 2013

In theaters: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Broomstick riders beware Being a big fan of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I was excited to see that they were recreating the old bedtime story “Hansel and Gretel.” I was also curious to see how this film would do after sitting on the shelves for almost two years waiting…

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Events

Verde Canyon railroad, glimpse of old Southwest

Posted  February 15, 2013

The train crosses a bridge Feb. 9 during the Verde Canyon railroad tour in northern Arizona. The 38-mile trip begins in Clarkdale and goes to the Santa Fe/Burlington Northern track at Drake.     Known for many scenic vistas and glimpses of animal and bird life along the way, the tour offers views of the…

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Sports Shorts – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

Falcons come up short of taking it all Paul Madrid, Falcon catcher, prepares to tag the runner as he slides into home during the fourth inning of the game. Madrid tagged the runner out keeping him from scoring.     Outfielder Alex Hernandez, Luke Air Force Base Falcon, prepares to throw the ball to third…

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