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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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Network operations center working hard to make AFNet migration happen

Posted  August 24, 2012

At Luke Air Force Base there’s been a noticeable amount of email notifications sent from the 56th Communications Squadron to prepare base members for the Air Force Network migration. According to Air Force officials, the AFNet migration will improve security, save money and give members permanent email addresses. “The most obvious difference is that email…

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In Brief – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Meet the bowling pros A Next Level clinic and exhibition event is Sept. 16. Session I is 9 a.m. to noon. Session II is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Thunderbolt Bowling Center. Meet Norm Duke and Randy Pedersen, professional bowlers who provide video analysis of individuals’ games, on-lane instruction, trick shot exhibition, challenge match, and…

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Thunderbolt of the week – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Staff Sgt. Kevin Carpenter II 56th Dental Squadron Oral maxillofacial surgery assistant Hometown: Aviano, Italy Years in service: Six Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Community College Previous assignments: Ramstein Air Base, Germany Inspirations: My dad, a retired Air Force senior master sergeant Goals: To become a military…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted  August 24, 2012

Editor’s note: This article was published July 19 by Air Force News on the Air Force Public Homepage: http://www.af.mil. Here’s a simple truth … sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,”…

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Health & Safety

West Nile Virus prevention

Posted  August 24, 2012

In the peak of summer dealing with itchy mosquito bites can be irritating, but getting bit by a mosquito with West Nile Virus can cause more than temporary irritation. It can be life-threatening. As of Tuesday, Arizona has had seven cases of the disease that involved the nervous system and five that did not, and…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

“(God) has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth. He has given to our country a faith which has become the hope of all peoples in an anguished world.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt There is no question God has blessed this great nation. We…

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Street Beat – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for ten moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 14: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 954. There were no injuries. Aug. 15: Security forces responded to a report…

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Retirement options available for Airmen, federal employees

Posted  August 24, 2012

Saving money for retirement may seem overwhelming, but there is help for military personnel and federal employees. Some of the retirement plans available are the Thrift Savings Plan, Roth Individual Retirement Account and the new Roth Thrift Savings Plan option, which is scheduled to be available to Air Force and Army personnel in October, according…

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People First – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 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. High year…

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The Military Family

Posted  August 24, 2012

We all make choices. Some choose to be service members; others choose to be married to one. In my case, I chose both....

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