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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 of the Week – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Public Affairs Specialist

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56th MOS change of command

Posted  July 27, 2012

Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. James Schieser during the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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MXG announces awards

Posted  July 27, 2012

The following individual or units are quarterly best-of-the-best award winners:   Foreign object debris prevention program Individual: Senior Airman Thang Huyhn, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Flightline: 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Backshop: 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron FOD poster: Staff Sgt. Troy Anderson, 56th EMS   Quality assurance TAMS: 308th AMU Specialist: 62nd AMU Weapons: 62nd AMU…

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Street Beat – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 13 through 19:

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Mouth guard may save pearly whites

Posted  July 27, 2012

The Tooth Fairy loves to visit at night and leave money in exchange for teeth that have fallen out, right? But, you wouldn’t want her to visit uninvited just because that hockey stick blind-sided you in the face at yesterday’s game. Now you’re two teeth shy of a perfect grill (smile) because you chose not…

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Justice Report – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June:   Courts-martial A senior airman was found guilty of Article 92, failure to obey general regulation by wrongful use of bath salts, two specifications of Article 112a, wrongful use of a controlled substance and Article 128,…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  July 27, 2012

Capt. Mark Vahle, 308th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, speaks with pilot for a day Jensen Harris, 13, July 18, and her mother during the pilot for a day event at Luke Air Force Base. Vahle took Harris to...

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Air Force News – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Colorado An Air Force Reservist was killed and another was wounded during the mass shooting at an Aurora theater July 20. Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, was among the 12 fatalities and another Air Force Reservist was among 58 wounded during a midnight shooting rampage at the Century 16 multiplex, about 10 miles from downtown…

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People First – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 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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Honor among the guard

Posted  July 27, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard members bear the casket of a military veteran to the graveside. The Honor Guard is responsible for rendering final military honors to veterans across the state.

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