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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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MARCY COPELAND Local

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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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Aaron Munoz-Case 56th Medical Support Squadron Arizona Refill Center pharmacy supervisor Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a degree in nutrition and working toward a Community College of the Air Force degree in pharmacy technology at Estrella Mountain Community College Inspirations: My father is the hardest working man I know,…

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News Briefs January 17, 2013

Posted  January 17, 2014

56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Communications Airmen key to mission success

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Anthony Navarra, 56th Communications Squadron network infrastructure technician, connects an optic light to an optical fiber cable Jan. 8 at the Network Operations Center on Luke Air Force Base. The infrastructure section maintains and manages the various lines of communication for Luke, making it possible to correspond via…

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Airmen held to higher standard

Posted  January 17, 2014

No matter where you go or what you do you will see standards set for your performance. These standards vary from place to place or job to job. As you may already know, military personnel are held to a higher standard than those outside the military. The Air Force standards range from something as simple…

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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted  January 17, 2014

It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain and not promising. But…

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Luke pilot selected to fly F-35

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Joshua Arki, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and chief of weapons and tactics, is welcomed back Dec. 31, 2013, after his final flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Arki was selected as the first Luke F-16 pilot to transition to the F-35 Lightning…

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Stardusters birth Thunderbirds …

Posted  January 17, 2014

The F-84F Thunderstreak is one of the aircraft that sits in the Luke Air Base Air Park. F-84s were the main type of trainers at Luke from 1951 to 1957. In 1953, the newly formed U.S. Air Force Stardusters Aerial Demonstration Team, later called the Thunderbirds, converted to the F-84G and flew at Luke until…

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Sports Shorts – January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

Petty Officer 2nd Class Oscar Alvarez , Naval Operation Support Center Guam military police, returns an interception against the 607th Air Control Squadron Jan. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The Navy team defeated the 607th ACS by a score of 26-0. NOSC Guam pulls flag on ACS Story and photo by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA, 56th…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  January 24, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 7 through Jan. 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles in the parking lot west of Bldg. 985. There were no injuries….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 24, 2014

Imminent danger pay will discontinue in several areas starting June 1. The land and airspace of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro will no longer be designated. The land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will also no longer be designated. The following sea…

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