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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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Ducks help feed world’s hungry

Posted  October 19, 2012

Everyday there are children suffering from starvation throughout the world and to help make a difference, airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base participated Saturday in an event with Feed My Starving Children in Tempe.

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Nature, earth festival happens on three rivers

Posted  October 19, 2012

Bird watching, canoe riding, paddle boarding and crocodile wrestling … well, no crocodile wrestling. But at the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival, a free one-day festival, these and other events are scheduled. The Oct. 27 festival is geared toward educating participants about the environment. “Tres Rios refers to the confluence of the Gila, Salt…

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‘Widows’ devoted to excellence

Posted  October 19, 2012

Under the Peace Carvin II program, the 425th Fighter Squadron received nine borrowed ex-Thunderbird F-16A/Bs Dec. 30, 1992, and reactivated the squadron at Luke Air Force Base. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of this program and the U.S. Air Force’s special relationship with Singapore here at Luke. The Black Widows are a unique…

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What is your word worth?

Posted  October 19, 2012

Your word, promise and integrity are worth something. The value placed on them is different for everybody. The old saying, “my word is my bond,” is a powerful statement that builds confidence and helps you become known as a reliable person. Disregarding your word not only adversely affects those relying on you, it also depletes…

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Early detection key to cure

Posted  October 19, 2012

More than two million survivors of breast cancer are living in the U.S. today. Do you know what that means?

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In Brief – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

New TSP contributions open Active-duty members of the Air Force, Army and Navy are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of investment planning through the member’s online MyPay account or submit a TSP-U-1 form to the finance office. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from the service member’s…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

Staff Sgt. Erik Walker 56th Medical Support Squadron Quality Control technologist Hometown: Abilene, Texas Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Joanna; expecting in December Education: Community College of the Air Force in radiology technology Previous assignments: Osan, Republic of Korea; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: My father; a retired master sergeant Goals: To ensure…

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AFSO21 saved 56th FW big $$

Posted  October 19, 2012

An Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century Excess Inventory Redistribution/6S event was held at Luke Air Force Base. It helped members of the Luke Air Force Base weapons back shop organize needed on-hand supplies and identify excess inventory that will eventually be redistributed across the base. This single event is one of many…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 19, 2012

The engines roared overhead as an F-35A fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for the test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane.

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Street Beat – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 5 through Oct. 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct.10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Super Sabre Street and Johnson Lane. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Oct. 11:…

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