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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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Thunderbolt Lanes to close Feb. 7

Posted  January 31, 2014

Courtesy Photo Bowling options near Luke AFB* AMF Peoria Lanes 8475 W. Olive Ave. in Peoria 623-486-1496 Brunswick Desert Sky Lanes 7241 W. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix 623-846-2090 Brunswick Tri-City Bowl 1425 N. Central Ave. in Avondale 623-932-3388 Glenfair Lanes 6110 N. 59th Ave. in Glendale 623-937-9225 Uptown Alley 13525 N. Litchfield Rd. in…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted  January 31, 2014

There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you a complete Airman? What…

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New year, new beginning, new you

Posted  January 31, 2014

Life is full of new beginnings, a new car, new job, a promotion, a permanent change of station and, of course, every Jan. 1 brings a familiar new beginning — the New Year. With each new year comes new opportunities and new resolutions for improvement. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing…

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Contracting supports local economy, flying mission

Posted  January 31, 2014

From maintaining the airfield and maintenance equipment to custodial services and hangar upkeep, personnel in the 56th Contracting Squadron at Luke Air Force Base not only handle all the contracts for the base but their work also helps stimulate the local economy. “Most of the contracts we handle are for the base’s construction, demolitions and…

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Stocking the shelves with Lightning

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Adam Lauersdorf, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron inbound receiving technician, unwraps main gear tires Jan. 22 for the F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base. LRS received 52,000 items in preparation for the arrival of the fighter jet, the first of which is slated to land at Luke soon.

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Sports Shorts – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Alex Back, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery crew member, successfully dodges a defender. OG skims past EMS 8-6 in flag football Story and photos by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT,  56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Operations Group Wizards squared off against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s flag football team Jan. 28 in a heated…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through Feb. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 30: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident and a possible hit-and-run in the parking lot of Bldg. 545. The driver backed…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 7, 2014

When considering separation programs that offer voluntary separation pay, Airmen should also consider the impact federal and state tax deductions has on the calculation. These tax deductions will reduce the actual amount you receive and could also have significant tax implications when filing 2014 taxes. The fiscal 2014 VSP program entitles enlisted retention board-eligible Airmen…

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Fly Over: ‘Ruby’, and ‘The Monuments Men’

Posted  February 7, 2014

‘Ruby’ Every year thousands of Americans commit to fight the “battle of the bulge” for many reasons. For some it’s a matter of life and death; for others it’s wanting to fit into an old pair of jeans or maybe to look good for a vacation or wedding. According to a study by the University…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Dr. Mae Jemison “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” ~ Dr. Mae Jemison Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t do something because you lacked the skills or talent? Maybe it was said out of prejudice. Did it make you so mad yet so determined to prove them wrong? Maybe…

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