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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

Street Beat – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 30 through Oct. 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and one nonmoving violations. Nonemergency responses Sept. 30: Security forces administered a breathalyzer test to an on-duty Airman who was escorted to Bldg. 179. The individual blew a .170 blood alcohol concentration. Sept….

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107th inactivates

Posted  October 11, 2013

Brig. Gen. Edward Maxwell, Arizona Air National Guard commander, holds the 107th Air Control Squadron flag Sept. 30 as Maj. Trey Shewbert, 107th ACS outgoing commander, slides the cover over the top of the flag, signaling the inactivation of the unit at Luke Air Force Base. The 107th ACS provided command and control for thousands…

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Commentary

Fly Over: ‘Solomon Kane’, and the Anise Café

Posted  October 11, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Solomon Kane’ Ever have that experience where one movie seems to be everywhere and looks fairly interesting, yet the effort and time just aren’t made to sit down and watch it? That happens to me more times than I like, and half the time the movie doesn’t prove to be worth it (You…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 11, 2013

“How you respond to the troubles in your life will go a long way toward whether or not you ever develop courage, ever develop patience, ever develop compassion, ever develop sobriety and humility, or ever develop any of those things. Don’t waste your sorrows.” – Dr. Timothy Keller Life is a gift! It’s also a…

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Attention Thunderbolts: There’s a new focus in town

Posted  October 11, 2013

Luke has initiated a new force – Team Re-Focus. This is not your ordinary professional development group. With our slogan of “Keepin’ it real!” and combined with the back to basics campaign approach, Team Re-Focus is a group of motivated NCOs armed with the drive and knowledge to realign the effectiveness of our NCO core…

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Veterans

Sports clinic helps veterans

Posted  October 11, 2013

Have you ever tried running with one leg or shooting an arrow blind?

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Shoplifting at Luke Exchange can ruin career

Posted  October 11, 2013

A young, up-and-coming Airman stops by the Luke Air Force Base Exchange to pick up weekly necessities. While browsing through the store, the Airman stops to admire the assortment of CDs. With money tight, the Airman decides to slip one into a pocket while no one else is around. What the Airman may not realize…

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People First – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 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. New Defense…

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Air Force News – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

AF leaders urge civilians to protect security clearance As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise — something that could impact one’s security clearance. With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and…

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This week in history

Posted  October 11, 2013

Oct. 1998: Low on parts, no spare engines Fifteen years ago this month, the 56th Component Repair Squadron, later designated the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, hit a milestone. They had no engine holes in any aircraft and had one spare engine for the first time in five years. The question is how did they get…

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