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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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Don’t settle for being effective; be great

Posted  December 6, 2013

“I’m stuck in a rut.” “I have no life.” “I’m burned out, exhausted.” “I’m bored. I’m just putting in my time.” “Most of my satisfactions come off the job.” “I can’t change things.” These are the voices of people at work and at home. The pain is personal, and it’s deep. You may relate with…

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People First – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 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.  Commissary CEO shares sequestration consequences Offering a glimpse at what commissary and military exchange services could become in light…

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Commissary, place for holiday savings

Posted  December 6, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — The holidays are right around the corner, and special in-store promotions make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, according to an official at the Defense Commissary Agency. “We’ve got some great promotions lined up for the holiday season,” said Randy Chandler, DeCA sales director. “Customers will…

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‘Thor’ brings heat in Exchange, Marvel’s latest military-only free comic book

Posted  December 6, 2013

Arriving now after the release of “Thor: The Dark World,” the Asgardian Thunder God will star in the new, military-exclusive, free comic book from Marvel Custom Solutions and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The 32-page comic features Thor defending New York City from the fearsome Frost Giant, Ymir, in a new adventure by…

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Air Force News – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Welsh: Airmen should use common sense in missions Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told Airmen Nov. 27 at the 28th Bomb Wing, S.D., they need to use common sense as they go about their duties. “No one knows your jobs better…

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This week in history

Posted  December 6, 2013

1978: Gen. George Brown dies Gen. George Brown, former 56th Fighter Interceptor Wing commander, succumbed to prostate cancer 35 years ago this week. Son of a career Army officer, young George became an Eagle Scout, played football, rode horses and played polo. After high school, he attended the University of Missouri for one year after…

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Through paintball, commanders focus on team building

Posted  December 6, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Lt. Col. Patrick Launey, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, returns fire to the opposing team during a paintball game Nov. 25 at Fighter Town Paintball in El Mirage. Luke Air Force Base commanders participated to build camaraderie and esprit de corps. Wing, group and squadron commanders from Luke Air Force Base…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 6, 2013

Senior Airman Houston Brittain 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Avionics journeyman Hometown: Tahlequah, Okla. Years in service: Two years Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied science in professional aeronautics Goals: Finish my degree and obtain an airframe and power plant license Greatest feat: I read 255 books in the fifth grade and received a trophy…

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News Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 which will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals…

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Call signs represent more than name

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Then Capt. Sean “LOBO” Canfield, now a major and the 62nd Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, smiles in February 2002 at Nellis Air Force Base after performing a re-enlistment ceremony for his brother, Staff Sgt. Clark Canfield. Sean Canfield’s call sign was the result of an incident with his dogs and his…

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