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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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Health & Safety

Healthy restaurant eating possible

Posted  February 8, 2013

For most people trying to cut calories, keep an eye on cholesterol or simply improve overall health, “Would you like to go out to eat?” can be eight frightening words. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Every meal away from home increases an adult’s average daily calorie count by about 135 calories.” That probably…

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Troops-to-teachers program

Posted  February 8, 2013

For service members who have a passion for serving and are interested in continuing to serve in a different fashion outside the military, there is a program called Troops-to-Teachers. The TTT program assists eligible military personnel in taking the next steps to transition into a new career as an elementary, secondary, vocational or technical school…

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Sports Shorts – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

Wallyballers get air time   Michael Imholte, 56th FSS, spikes the ball over the net in the second wallyball game. Imholte’s hit scored a point for FSS.   Caitlin Williams, 56th Force Support Squadron, hits the ball to a teammate during the second wallyball game against 56th MOS. MOS defeated the FSS 25-21 during the…

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Wing luncheon honors Dr. King

Posted  February 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy speaks to the crowd Monday at the Luke Air Force Base MLK Day luncheon in Club Five Six. Kennedy spoke on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message as it pertains to today’s issues. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of…

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5th CMSAF shares wisdom, humor

Posted  February 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, fifth CMSAF, speaks with Luke Airmen during an enlisted call Jan. 25 at the Luke Air Force Base Theater. Gaylor shared with Airmen his four steps to success that included training, technology, tribe and trust. Retired Chief Master Sgt. of…

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Loyalty critical to AF success

Posted  February 1, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Cisco Johnstone As a long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan, I like to think I can tell you a little bit about loyalty. They are certainly a team that polarizes football fans everywhere, but whether they do well or not, I stick to my team. There is some degree of stubbornness to this, but…

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Money pitfalls common

Posted  February 1, 2013

A common complaint that is often bemoaned among Airmen is that they don’t have enough money. There are many pitfalls into which bad money decisions can lead us. Some are common to many who find themselves making the same mistakes repeatedly. One of the biggest money sinkholes for Airmen can be their vehicles. Between payments,…

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Personal trainers ready, waiting to give extra push

Posted  February 1, 2013

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during a workout at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. Johnson is one of two personal trainers available at the Bryant Fitness Center who train military members, dependents and retirees. For more information or to schedule an appointment with…

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Local Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Military Officers Association of America Luke Chapter will hold the monthly meeting Feb. 14 at Club Five-Six. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and “The Arizona Trio” at 7 p.m. Active-duty, retired, warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 1, 2013

<h3Staff Sgt. Haley Mestey 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace Medical Craftsman Hometown: Decatur, Ill. Years in service: Six Family: Husband, Jose; and son, Adrian Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Florida Previous assignments: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Inspirations: 2nd Lt. Kelly Sampson (previously Staff Sgt. Sampson) showed me…

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