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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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Air Force News – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

The Air Advisor Academy hosted a dedication ceremony July 27 for the new Air Advisor Memorial at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

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Luke’s civilian job openings listed online

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — With Luke Air Force Base’s transition to the resume-based single staffing tool, all Air Force civilian employment opportunities are now listed on the USAJobs site, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. In 2010, AFPC announced that the Air Force would transition to a resume based system…

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People First – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 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.   Special…

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Airmen share 10 grand for IDEA

Posted  August 3, 2012

Two 56th Training Squadron Airmen received $5,000 each July 24 from the Luke Air Force Base Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program. After going through Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century events, Maj. Matthew Russell, 56th TRS programmed flying training chief, and Maj. Derrick Vincent, who has been reassigned to the 4th Fighter…

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Good grades pay off at the Luke AFB Exchange

Posted  August 3, 2012

According to the Military Child Education Coalition, an estimated 80 percent of military connected children are forced to move between six to nine times a s they complete their K-12 education, and along with geographical moves come changes in educational settings and curriculums. With these unique challenges in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange…

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Street Beat – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 20 through 26:

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CDC, packed with mini ’Bolts

Posted  August 3, 2012

The Child Development Center provides a safe, supervised environment for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. The CDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that provides activities that entertain and assist the growth of children.

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Protecting skin from sun full time job

Posted  August 3, 2012

The sun in Arizona beats down almost all year long. The thing that brings many people to the state can also be harmful to one’s health if precautions are not taken. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website www.skincancer.org, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. More…

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Ultimate SO-CAL experience

Posted  August 3, 2012

Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: theme park rides, shows and a real working movie studio at Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.

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Fly Over: ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’

Posted  August 3, 2012

In light of the tragic events that unfolded on the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., I found it somewhat challenging to devote my full attention to the movie I had waited such a long time to see.

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