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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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Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…

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CORY GOSSETT Air Force

Air Force sets Thunderbolt on path to passion

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Joshua Pant, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management apprentice, performs a deadlift during the powerlift competition at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Fitness Center. Judges watch each competitor to ensure good form as well as ensure the safety of competitors. A down on his luck Austin, Texas, native had bills…

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Luke welcomes new MXG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Col. Ricky Ainsworth took command of the 56th Maintenance Group Wednesday at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Maintenance Group changed leaders Wednesday as Col. Victor Mora relinquished command of the 56th MXG to Col. Ricky Ainsworth during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base. Ainsworth previously served…

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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.


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Air Force News – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

Texas Former basic military training instructor Tech. Sgt. Christopher Smith was found guilty of two specifications of unprofessional relationships with two basic trainees. His sentence included 30 days confinement and reduction in rank to airman 1st class.   Mississippi A Keesler Air Force Base medical technician saved a man from drowning while in Helen, Ga….

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People First – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 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.   AF…

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Team puts aircrew safety first

Posted  August 10, 2012

Before every flight takes off, before every pilot steps in an aircraft and even before a student arrives at Luke Air Force Base, a team of professionals makes sure they will be as safe as possible.

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Back-to-school: watch out for kids on roads

Posted  August 10, 2012

Every August thousands of children ages 5 to 18 take to the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session which means school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for children,” said Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager. “There is a mass exodus…

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Fly Over: “Fighting”

Posted  August 10, 2012

The Thunderbolt staff seems to be on a mission to review every movie Channing Tatum has ever done, so I took one for the team and watched “Fighting,” his 2009 film about underground street fighting.

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Fly Over: “Total Recall”

Posted  August 10, 2012

As with many other memorable Arnold Schwarzenegger films, the 1990 sci-fi action movie “Total Recall” is for one reason or another, held in high esteem. Could it be possible that this remake starring Colin Farrell might actually make people forget about the original?

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Living a ‘balanced’ life…

Posted  August 10, 2012

Master Sgt. Percel Crudup, 56th Medical Operations Squadron surgical services flight chief, demonstrates the Trazer at physical therapy.

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LRS defeats SFS in close game

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron intramural basketball team held off 56th Security Forces Squadron July 31 by winning 57-56 and evened up the regular season series 3-3 over the past six seasons.

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Sports Shorts – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 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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Luke AFB selected for F-35A pilot training

Posted  August 3, 2012

It’s official, the F-35 is coming to Luke Air Force Base. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced Wednesday that Luke AFB has been chosen as the location of the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II...

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