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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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Engineers prepare for action downrange

Posted  November 22, 2013

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron embarked on an annual training exercise to help them prepare for deployments known as Prime BEEF Nov. 13 and 14 at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 22, 2013

Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, tells about the Roman aqueduct at Segovia, in his native Spain. It was built in A.D. 109. For 1,800 years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly 60 generations of men drank from its flow. Then came another generation, a recent one that said,…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 22, 2013

• Setting up an allotment to a savings account is a great way to build a money “safety net.” Just $50 a month will accrue $600 in a year, enough to cover next year’s holiday gifts or that emergency car repair. Log onto myPay website at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx and enter the financial institution’s routing transit number,…

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This Week in History

Posted  November 22, 2013

Courtesy photo Luke Air Force Base students use old-style furniture on a tile floor prior to changes implemented by Gen. Wilbur Creech to improve the workplace for Airmen. 1953: Creech joins Thunderbirds at Luke A Luke Air force Base captain joined the Thunderbird Aerial Demonstration Team at Luke more than 60 years ago this month….

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People First – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 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. Women seminar…

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Air Force News – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

CMSAF launches worldwide CHIEFchat, answers questions Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody shared his perspective on the past, present and future of the Air Force with Airmen, Air Force civilians and their families Nov. 12, during a worldwide CHIEFchat session at the headquarters of the Defense Media Activity. Reduction in force and…

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Street Beat

Posted  November 22, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a report of a minor traffic accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 1240. An individual backed into…

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Staying fit through holidays calls for good choices

Posted  November 22, 2013

Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Airman Thomas Cooper, 372nd Training Squadron student crew chief, tries to decide between pumpkin pie and getting a good workout Nov. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Indiscriminate binge eating and lack of physical activity make up the perfect recipe for adding on holiday pounds. Tis the season for family get-togethers, office…

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62nd FS shines at Haboob Havoc

Posted  November 22, 2013

Jasmine Holahan FROM LEFT: Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd Fighter Squadron B-Flight commander; Lt. Col. Frank Bricel, 69th FS assistant director of operations; Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander; Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd FS commander; and Maj. Sean Holahan, 69th FS instructor pilot, pose with the trophy for the overall winning team of the…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior Airman Felicia Kenney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knowledge operations manager Hometown: Millbrook, Ala. Years in service: Three Family: Parents Tra-c and David Kenney, and three younger sisters Education: Attended Tuskegee University and University of Maryland University College. Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My supervisor pushes me to be the best Airman I…

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