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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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Couponing sale items delivers booty, saves $

Posted  August 31, 2012

There may be people who don’t hesitate to pay full price for an item, but there are also people who plan ahead by couponing to save money...

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People First – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

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. Nurse residency…

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Luke Simulates Natural Disaster

Posted  August 31, 2012

Exercise! Civil Engineer Squadron members came out in force this past Aug. 23 during the Crown Talon 1203 exercise at Luke Air Force Base.....

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Critical days near end, safety still important

Posted  August 31, 2012

The critical days of summer may be ending, but safety should still be considered and Airmen should continue to be safety smart. During the critical days of summer campaign the Air Force focused on ways Airmen can stay safe during a time of statistically high safety incidents. The campaign included 15 weeks of safety messages…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

“If I have been injured by another, let me think (to) myself – How much better to be the sufferer than the wrongdoer!” ~ R. C. Chapman R. C. Chapman was a great theologian from the mid to late 1800s in England and had a unique way of putting things in a proper and spiritual…

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Street Beat – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 17 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 17: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at the intersection of Super Sabre Street and Fight Country Avenue. One individual was transported…

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Fly Over: “Killer Joe”, “Hope Springs”

Posted  August 31, 2012

In theaters: The plot is simple enough. The acting is great, but there is something frustrating about the Lone Star state. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) asks his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) “what’s so special about Texas? What is there to do here? It’s big, there’s lots of space to walk.” It sounds rather boring and…

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AMDS squeaks by EMS/ARM 2-1 in wallyball contest

Posted  August 31, 2012

Kenrick Edmund, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight, sets up his teammate during the first game of the wallyball championship Aug. 21 at the Bryant Fitness Center on Luke Air Force Base. EMS defeated the 56th Medical Group 25-24.  Joshua White, 56th AMDS, attempts to block a hit by Charles Smith, 56th EMS.   Emil…

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Sports Shorts – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14, and receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call (623) 856-9334. Combat PT bowling Combat PT…

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Yard of the Month, August 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

The Garrard family, Khloe, 1; Justus, 3; and Heather (not pictured is Tech. Sgt. Adam Garrard, 56th Fighter Wing Foreign Object Debris prevention NCO-in-charge), pose for a photo after receiving the “Yard of the Month” award from the Balfour Beatty Communities inspection program Aug. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The Yard of the Month…

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