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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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Health & Safety

Run to get fit, warrior ready: Keep safety in mind

Posted  August 24, 2012

Running is part of the physical training test and as such, many people on Luke Air Force Base spend much of their PT time running, whether it be on the track or around the base. Running has many health benefits but done incorrectly can cause injuries ranging from blisters to serious life-threatening circumstances. “Proper footwear…

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Fly Over: “The Bourne Legacy”, “Fifty Shades of Gray”

Posted  August 24, 2012

While not as numerous or historic as the Bond films, the Bourne series has become an example of how secret agent movies are done right. They put together all the ingredients like action, espionage, tension and the like without burning it to an inedible mess. So, with their success, it’s no surprise that they wish…

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Sports

Competition displays body of work

Posted  August 24, 2012

Members of the master weight division pose for judges Saturday during the 56th Force Support Squadron bodybuilding competition at Luke Air Force Base. The event is held twice a year at the Luke Theater. Female competition winners Bikini short: Olivia Wanzo Bikini tall: Brianne Brown Bikini overall: Brianne Brown Figure short: Lizeth Jimenez Figure overall:…

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Sports Shorts – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 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. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the…

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SFS, EOD join forces in exercise

Posted  August 17, 2012

While many people may be getting ready for bed at 9 p.m. most evenings, on Aug. 8 approximately 40 personnel from the 56th Security Forces Squadron and 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, as well as a few members of local law enforcement, participated in an exercise involving a suspicious package at the security forces building on Luke Air Force Base....

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Benign deeds may be mayhem in making

Posted  August 17, 2012

With recent incidences of violence occurring in the world, people can never be too careful about the dangers that may lie even in their own community. There is a program to help keep members of the civilian community and Airmen safe; it’s called the Eagle Eyes. “The EE program encourages all Air Force members and…

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Commentary

Doing right not always easy

Posted  August 17, 2012

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C. S. Lewis “To see what is right and do it not is cowardice.” – Confucius Who hasn’t heard the saying, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching?” Integrity is one of our Air Force core values; it…

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Operation Air Force and you

Posted  August 17, 2012

Thanks for what you do in supporting the mission and sustaining the largest fighter wing in the Air Force. It is especially comforting to see the continual outpouring of effort and support for this year’s Operation Air Force visit by U.S. Air Force Academy cadets throughout the summer, as the third and final group of…

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Program enables disabled to serve on base

Posted  August 17, 2012

With the economy struggling, it’s competitive enough for those without a disability to find a job. Fortunately, there is a program available that helps nonprofit organizations hire disabled workers....

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Thunderbolt of the week – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Staff Sgt. Diann Cunningham 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Unit training manager Hometown: Glendale, Ariz. Years in service: Seven Family: Husband, Joseph; and son, Joshua, 3 Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University; Community College of the Air Force degrees in electronic systems technology and education and training management Previous assignments: Spangdahlem, Germany Inspirations:…

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