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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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February: Month to increase security, force protection awareness

Posted  January 31, 2014

February is Security Awareness Month. The purpose is to increase security and force protection awareness and provide training and exercises that focus on that awareness. Ultimately, we want to perpetuate a culture in which each and every person in our Air Force community is aware. Each individual is a critical element in the force protection…

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People First – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 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. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. DOD releases…

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Air Force News – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Alaska While recently deployed to Papua New Guinea for a Joint Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command mission, Staff Sgt. Joseph Riemer, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, put his combat life-saver skills to work to save the life of an injured local. Florida Fire detailers from the U.S. Forest Service…

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What Airmen need …

Posted  January 31, 2014

Senior Airman Darryl Pruitt, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels specialist, places a stroller in a shopping cart Jan. 21 at the Airman’s Attic located in Bldg. 750. Pruitt stopped by the Airman’s Attic to pick up a few items for a new baby. The Airman’s Attic supports active-duty service members from all branches in the…

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Come prepared for next A&FRC job fair

Posted  January 31, 2014

For those transitioning out of active-duty service or for those who are inexperienced with the process of applying for a new job, the prospect of interviewing for a job can be daunting, but coming prepared can make the difference between who gets hired and who does not. “It is important to be prepared for an…

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Airmen complete hands-on SABC training

Posted  January 31, 2014

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA First Lt. Marissa Rossi, 56th Fighter Wing protocol chief, tightens a tourniquet on the arm of Master Sgt. Cindy Spivey, 56th Comptroller Squadron financial analysis NCO-in-charge, Jan. 17 during the hands-on portion of the self aid buddy care training. Five Airmen from the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies completed the hands-on portion…

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Safety: Priority 1 to kick off year right

Posted  January 31, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Hunt, Naval Operations Support Center avionics technician chief, demonstrates proper form to reduce the risk of injury Jan. 27 in the warrior fitness center. Since 2004, the Air Force has lost approximately 400 personnel due to recreational activities, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety…

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Safety award winners named

Posted  January 31, 2014

The following individuals are quarterly safety award winners: Wing Flight Maintenance: Staff Sgt. Matthew Jones, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Wing Flight Safety: Maj. Matthew Chisam, 310th Fight Squadron

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Seth MacDougall 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource management assistant NCO in charge Hometown: Duluth, Minn. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Jessica; and son, Warren Education: Pursuing a human resource management degree in at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Recruiter in Milwaukee, Wis., and Iron Mountain, Minn.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.;…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Professional development op Participants of the Luke Air Force Base Library Reading Rewards program can receive a free copy of USA Today 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library. Select two articles with unfamiliar words and meet in a group or one-on-one with an instructor at…

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