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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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Belgian airman brings experience to Luke

Posted  November 2, 2012

Belgian Commandant Michael Artiges stands in front of his new home, the 308th Fighter Squadron. He came to Luke Air Force Base as part of the Military Personnel Exchange Program to serve an instructor pilot for three years. The MPEP at Luke has 10 positions – seven pilots, two maintenance officers and one logistics officer….

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In Brief – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will have the annual Bunco luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Club Five Six. Wear a favorite football team jersey and eat tailgating style. Officers’ spouses are invited. For more information, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Voting locations To vote in person Tuesday, go to http://www.azsos.gov/election/UpcomingElections.htm to find a…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 2, 2012

Senior Airman Wade Williams Jr. 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Support technician Hometown: Riverside, Calif. Years in service: Five Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Park University in information computer science Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: My father, a successful business owner and great mechanic Goals: Finish college and make master sergeant Greatest…

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ALS graduate 36

Posted  November 2, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School class 12-7 graduated two staff sergeants and 34 senior airmen Oct. 25. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Staff Sgt. William Chavez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Anthtae Taggart, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Doron Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron;…

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Wing quarterly awards announced

Posted  November 2, 2012

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Brian Runyon, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Ashley Stallworth, 56th Dental Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Poun Thies, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Brennan Lawson, 56th Contracting Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. Jeremy Kovacs, 56th…

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Disabled retiree has story of courage, rebirth

Posted  November 2, 2012

Former Air Force Capt. David Berling is currently a civilian contract specialist with the 56th Contracting Squadron. Berling was medically retired from the Air Force in 2009....

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Special duty jobs up for grabs

Posted  November 2, 2012

Airmen looking for a new challenge in the Air Force have an opportunity to apply for a special duty, including becoming a military training instructor, honor guardsman or recruiter. Three Airmen who made up the Air Education and Training Command special duty recruiting team visited Luke Air Force Base Oct. 23 to discuss their current…

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Street Beat – November 1, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 19 through 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and 13 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct.19: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 920 parking lot. There were no injuries. Oct. 12: Security forces responded to a…

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Commissary offers holiday savings

Posted  November 2, 2012

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissary shoppers have ample ways to stretch their normal 30 percent or more savings this holiday season thanks to special store promotions, giveaways, coupon offers and other discounts. “Our industry partners are offering greater savings through the use of high-value coupon booklets and special turkey offers,” said Chris Burns, DeCA sales…

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Hush house … not so quiet place

Posted  November 2, 2012

Luke Air Force Base is surrounded by many communities who experience their share of F-16 engine noise, but there is one area that quiets the powerful engine.

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