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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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56 FW Facts

Posted  September 27, 2013

Mission To train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters. Training (fiscal 2012) B-course graduates 69 Current students 109 MRA Graduates 311 Current students 32 Leadership Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein Vice wing commander: Col. Jeremy Sloane Director of staff: Lt. Col. Matt Warner Command Chief: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton Operations…

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Luke commemorates POW/MIA day

Posted  September 27, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Former POW retired Brig. Gen. Tom Browning speaks with members of the Luke Air Force Base community Sept. 20 during the Annual POW/MIA Recognition ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The event occurs every year on the third Friday of September. It honors prisoners of war and recognizes military members…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 27, 2013

Airman Alexis Myrice 56th Operations Group Knowledge Operations Manager Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Years in service: One Family: Husband, Thomas Anazewicz, and parents, Frank and Tracy Myrice. Education: Received a high school diploma from Roy C. Start High School Inspirations: My grandmother Billie Fry. Her perseverance, compassion, and generosity helped shape who I am today. She…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Chapel open positions The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel has four open positions. Resumes are required for all positions and must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Bid documents and full requirements are available at the Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 West Shooting Star Street. Protestant contemporary gospel worship service music…

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Chief has left the building

Posted  September 27, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, works alongside an Airman Feb. 8, 2013, during his “dirtiest jobs” series. The command chief created the series, during which he participated in the jobs, as a way to give recognition to Airmen in careers that are often overlooked. Staton recently…

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Sports Shorts – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Jacob Sorby, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, attempts to block the football Sept. 26 during a game against 56th Contracting Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. CES defeated CONS 33-6. CES pulls flag on CONS, crushing victory Story and photo by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron flag football…

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Street Beat – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 20 through 26: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 20: Security forces responded to a request for mutual aid from Glendale police due to several reports of possible road rage. Security forces arrived on scene at Litchfield…

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Fly Over: ‘Gravity’, and ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’

Posted  October 4, 2013

In theaters: ‘Gravity’ Beautiful. No adjective appropriately conveys the sense of awe that washes over you while viewing the cinematically brilliant “Gravity.” Alfonso Cuaron’s (“Children of Men”) film is majestic. The CGI and special effects used make 600 kilometers above Earth more surreal than flying caped crusaders. Not since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”…

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Luis Walter Alvarez: Physicist, inventor altered history’s course

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Luis Walter Alvarea Luis Walter Alvarez, a Hispanic-American experimental physicist and inventor, changed the course of human history with his contributions to the fields of aviation and radiation. Alvarez was born on June 13, 1911, and died Sept. 1, 1988. Throughout his 77 years he received many distinguished awards including the Collier Trophy…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Thomas Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally,…

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