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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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Luke 1 shares command priorities

Posted  October 5, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Airmen heard Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, highlight his beliefs and expectations during commander’s calls Sept. 28.

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Operation Angel in Nepal win-win

Posted  October 5, 2012

Editor’s note: The opening and closing paragraphs are paraphrased from an Air Force Print News article. A team composed of American, Australian and Nepalese military and civilian members accomplished a plethora of tasks, which included treating more than 4,000 villagers, repairing and renovating three schools and sharing expertise with the locals Sept. 10 to 15…

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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MSG boss expands horizons beyond family tradition

Posted  October 5, 2012

For many of us who’ve had family in the military, following in their footsteps may seem natural. However, what happens if we commit the cardinal sin of not joining the same branch as our parents or other family members?

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Lead from front

Posted  October 5, 2012

Leadership. As Airmen this is a word that we hear all the time. In light of this, the word can sometimes become watered down to where we think we have nothing to do with leadership. Is leadership just a buzz word that we have nothing to offer to affect its outcome? Does leadership strictly apply…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Senior Airman Andrew Hannah 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Dedicated crew chief Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Five Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Currently working on a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance technology and bachelor’s in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: The dedication of the…

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Football legend still star

Posted  October 5, 2012

Living with any kind of disorder is not ideal, and it’s harder with dissociative identity disorder....

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In Brief – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Small business briefing A small business administration briefing is 1 p.m. today at the Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1113. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (623) 856-6550. AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the…

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Captain selects announced

Posted  October 5, 2012

The following first lieutenants have been selected for promotion to captain: 56th Fighter Wing Ryan Decamp 56th Operations Group Chad Haring and Francisco Torres 62nd Fighter Squadron Justin Bellamy, Christopher Cady, Brad Hunt and Derek Kirkwood 308th FS Kyle Davis, Evan Farren, Michelle Hamland, Matt Martenson, Nathan McCaskey, Bryan Mussler, Houston Pye, Tim Six, William…

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Success guru shares secret to peak performance

Posted  October 5, 2012

We are familiar with stories of people who overcame what seemed like impossible odds and made it to the top.

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