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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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This Week in History: September 13

Posted  September 13, 2013

Courtesy photo Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell 1918: Battle of Saint-Mihiel Salient Between Sept. 12 and 15, 1918, Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell led 1,482 aircraft, the largest combined air armada to date, in World War I during the first U.S. air campaign. Since July 28, 1914, the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary fought…

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People First – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 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. Operation Supplement Safety…

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Air Force News – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

66 installations to receive virtual fitness kiosks To help improve total force fitness levels, the Air Force is installing “Fitness on Request” kiosks at 66 locations by the end of September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Part of the Operational Fitness Program, the kiosks are available to all Airmen, including retirees and family members, at…

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News Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Third-party insurance collections All nonactive-duty beneficiaries using 56th Medical Group facilities must sign the electronic Department of Defense Form 2569 on an annual basis. This allows the military to bill other health insurance companies for medical care, including pharmaceuticals. Electronic DD Form 2569s can be signed at any clinic within the 56th Medical Group and…

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Youngest Navy enlistee becomes admiral

Posted  September 13, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month and featuring individuals of hispanic decent and the contributions they made to the U.S. ‘Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!’ Those famous words were shouted by James Glasgow Farragut. Born July 5, 1801, he would go down in history as…

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Mixed martial arts gains popularity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, sweeps his opponent at the MMA Lab, a mixed martial arts studio in Glendale. Fighters like Manglona use proper positioning to overcome larger or stronger opponents. Mixed martial arts, a combat sport that combines striking and grappling techniques from a variety of disciplines,…

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ALS graduates 44 Airmen

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated two staff sergeants and 42 senior airmen Aug. 29 from class 13-6. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michael Brideau, 56th Maintenance Group Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Michael McNew, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron;…

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Thunderbolt of the Week September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman Joel Alfaro-Salazar 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman Hometown: El Paso, Texas Years in service: Four Family: Son, Paxton Jay Alfaro, 2 Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: Being a good role model for my son;…

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Attitude key to overcoming adversity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka John Acosta, 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center sports director, speaks with referees about intramural basketball rules during halftime of a game Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Imagine you’re a 36-year-old technical sergeant at the top of your game in aircraft maintenance. The year is…

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Certainty of combat shapes thoughts

Posted  September 13, 2013

“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but a corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their…

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