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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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This week in history

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo Dec. 17, 1903: First flight One hundred and ten years ago this week, Orville Wright flew the Wright Flyer 125 feet in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m. Dec. 17. His was the first-ever manned heavier-than-air, sustained, controlled and powered flight. Orville designed and built his own printing press and began a printing business…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 20, 2013

• All Airmen (active-duty, Reservists, Air National Guard, Defense Department employees, etc.) must submit a travel claim within five working days of completing travel. Contact the 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Office for exceptions or special circumstances. • For TDYs, excess baggage expenses are a reimbursable expense. However, a member should always refer back to…

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AF officials announce FY14 civilian workforce shaping

Posted  December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 20, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 2 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving violation. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 5: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in Bldg. 219 parking lot. An individual disengaged the brake after failing to place the vehicle in park…

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Fly Over: ‘Battlefield 4’, and ‘Escape Plan’

Posted  December 20, 2013

On DVD: ‘Battlefield 4’ This “Battlefield” was hyped up over new features like destructive multiplayer game play and insanely new campaign mode. As a new player to the “Battlefield” franchise, I was not disappointed except for a couple of minor flaws in the game system itself. The multiplayer was nothing like I have ever experienced…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 20, 2013

Dr. Suess Traditions are an important part of the holiday season. Gathering the family to watch a favorite Christmas movie is one that many enjoy. For some it’s the old classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Others enjoy cartoons like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph” or “Frosty the Snow Man.”…

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How do you win?

Posted  December 20, 2013

Aim High … Fly, Fight and Win! Our motto … our mission. However, if you think about it, not everyone flies and not everyone fights. So how do we win? Only 5 percent of our Air Force flies. Moreover, up to 12 percent are involved in direct combat operations. So what do the other 83…

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ALS unit sponsorship program ‘win-win’ for all

Posted  December 20, 2013

To help Airman Leadership School students grow as future leaders there is a program available to help immerse them into a career field outside their own

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Santa sighted east, west sides

Posted  December 20, 2013

Senior Airman Grace Lee Children play in a bouncy castle Dec.14 inside the Luke Air Force Base fire station prior to meeting Santa Claus. Children got presents and pictures with Santa while also bringing families together.   Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Pritchett Landen, 3, son of retired Tech. Sgt. Charles Landen, smiles back at “Spiderman”…

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Luke Airmen outfit future Air Force leaders

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Air Force uniform. It’s a part of an Airman’s life that many don’t give a second thought to. But for the cadets of the Agua Fria High School Air Force Junior ROTC, getting enough uniforms to outfit their entire flight was a challenge.

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