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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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Justice Report

Posted  January 24, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued in December 2013 at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • An Airman first class received an Article 15 for failing to go at the time prescribed to the appointed place of duty. The member received a reduction to E-2, suspended forfeiture of…

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Fly Over: ‘Age of Ra’, and ‘American Hustle’

Posted  January 24, 2014

In print: ‘Age of Ra’ Some may remember my review of James Lovegrove’s science fiction novel “Age of Aztec,” which had a premise of an Aztecan future too awesome to fail. It did, hard, but I liked the basic idea of an alternate, mythological reality that Lovegrove still had flickering in his head. So, I…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 24, 2014

Courtesy photo Virginia Woolf “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” ~ Virginia Woolf Have you ever been around those people who just can’t seem to tell the 100 percent, honest-to-God truth, about themselves? You might even be that person? Integrity is the first core value…

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Exchange resolves to promote healthier living

Posted  January 24, 2014

According to Sourcewire, nearly a quarter of Americans vow to get fit for the New Year. The Luke Air Force Base Army & Air Force Exchange Service is doing its part to make it easier for Airmen and their families to watch their “bottom lines” when making dining choices on and off duty. Dining in…

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Structural integrity – the name of the game for NDI

Posted  January 24, 2014

A building filled with machinery that emits an eerie fluorescent glow, rooms that smell of burnt carbon and oil, and nearby test tubes filled with strange liquids and chemicals may seem like some type of mad scientist’s laboratory, but this is the environment of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Nondestructive Inspection shop.

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TRICARE ends walk-in admin services at Luke

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the United States on April 1, Pentagon officials said. While the 189 facilities, including the one at Luke Air Force Base, will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Army Col. Steve Warren, Pentagon…

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Western Destinations: fun for the whole family

Posted  January 24, 2014

Need to get some fresh air with the family? Need to find the perfect place to host a company outing? Then Western Destinations is the location for you.

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Kids — perpetual motion

Posted  January 24, 2014

Matthew Roseler, 10 months, son of Staff Sgt. Ryan Roseler, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member appears to be enjoying the day Dec. 23, 2013, at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center.   Mae Shoup, 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center education technician, plays with the children at the…

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People First – January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

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.  CMSAF talks about force management, EPRs Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recently addressed upcoming…

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Air Force News – January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

Alaska Firefighters from the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron swam across Upper Sixmile Lake while conducting ice water rescue training in 14-degree weather Jan. 13 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The training prepared firefighters for water rescues. Kansas McConnell Air Force Base’s first family to compete in the national Triple Play Fit Family Challenge has progressed to…

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