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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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People First – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

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. Woof! “Major”…

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Base tax center seeks volunteers for 2013 tax season

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Tax Center will open its doors to file returns for the Luke Air Force Base community Jan. 14, 2013. Last year, the tax center filed more than 1,800 federal and state returns, saving the Luke community over $300,000. To offer this service once again, the tax center requires the support…

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Diet, exercise takes diabetic to living medication-free

Posted  November 30, 2012

George Varrato, real estate agent specializing in military home loans and sales, has helped service members for years with real estate needs. Four months ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Varrato said diabetes runs in his family. His mother and sister both had it, so he believed he could develop it as well….

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Chaplain thoughts – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

“Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” ~ William Feather Are you an optimist or a pessimist? I hope and pray you are an optimist … and a planner as well. Rainy days will certainly come (maybe you’re even having one now, maybe it even feels like…

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56th Civil Engineer Squadron bivouac training

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron embarked on a journey Nov. 7 and 8 to Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona to participate in bivouac training, preparing them for real deployments.

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Fly Over: ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2’

Posted  November 30, 2012

In Theaters: ‘Cloud Atlas’ I haven’t read David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas.” However, from what I’ve heard it wouldn’t have left me any less dumbfounded than I felt after watching the film adaptation. Directors the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) or rather siblings Lana and Andy teamed up with Tom Tykwer and tried mightily to…

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Live fire training

Posted  November 30, 2012

  The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters drive the P-23 apparatus fire truck to use large quantities of water on the simulated burning aircraft during the fire training exercise Oct. 30 at the Luke Air Force Base fire training grounds. The P-23 apparatus put out the fire from 175 feet away.   The 56th Civil…

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In Brief – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

AETC base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday and Thursday. All of Luke Air Force Base personnel, including all civilians and retirees who are on base for appointments/shopping, will play in this exercise. This will include being unable to leave the base and hunkering down under tables for up to…

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Problem gambling, addiction disrupts life

Posted  November 30, 2012

Many addictions plague society, and service members are not exempt. Alcoholism, smoking, illegal drug use and pornography often come to mind. With casinos continuing to pop up and online gaming readily available, gambling addiction is a growing problem that adversely affects many lives. Problem gambling is a behavior that causes disruptions in any major area…

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Sports Shorts – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Hand-2-hand combat John Biel, Marine Corps Bulk Fuel Company C and Daniel Rakowski, 56th Contracting Squadron, demonstrate Wednesday a technique used to help gain the upper hand when an opponent is on top during combat. The month-long Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combative course began Monday and participants will graduate Dec. 21 with a green…

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