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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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Chaplain’s passion to serve helps Airmen, families

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant and Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th FW deputy chaplain, pose Tuesday in front of the Luke Community Chapel. Chaplain Barns leads the base chapel worship services and is actively involved in the chapel ministries programs. The Luke Air Force Base community chapel sits on…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  March 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. John Squire 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician Hometown: Augusta, Ga. Years in service: 10 Education: Two Community College of the Air Force degrees; tactical aircraft maintenance and mental health services Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Kunsan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My mother completed 20 years in the…

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News Briefs March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

FOD walk A mandatory foreign object debris walk is at 7 a.m. March 17. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Larry Isaac, 56th Fighter Wing FOD Prevention NCO in charge, at 623-856-6767. Hangar party A pre-airshow hangar party for service members, their families and honorary commanders is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Hangar 999. Events…

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EFMP helps special needs military families

Posted  March 7, 2014

Life in the military can be stressful for active-duty personnel and their families. With change-of-duty stations and times of separation, this can be especially challenging for service members with dependents who have special needs. To make the move from one base to another smooth, the Exceptional Family Member Program is available to assist military families…

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Find answer, don’t pass buck

Posted  March 7, 2014

What do you do when your subordinate asks you a challenging question? The question could be about anything such as career progression advice, educational advancement, family emergencies or Air Force instruction clarification. How do you respond to your subordinate? Do you quickly pass the buck and refer him to the group superintendent, first sergeant, or…

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Drawdowns make communication vital

Posted  March 7, 2014

In 1991, I departed Saudi Arabia post Operation Desert Storm. At the time I couldn’t imagine the day I would return to King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dhahran, also known as the “Kingdom,” but 23 years later I have returned. From the control tower here, I could look out over the massive equipment yards all…

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‘Lightning in the Desert’ Tips, info help guests make most of open house experience

Posted  March 7, 2014

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Lightning in the Desert” Air Show and Open House March 15 and 16. The event is open to the public and admission is free. It is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic in…

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Open house to reunite Tuskegee Airmen, P-51

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Tuskegee Airmen from the 332nd Fighter Group pose beneath a P-51 Mustang at Ramitelli, Italy. Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen and the P-51 will be at the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. FROM LEFT: Lts. Dempsey Morgran, Carroll Woods…

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How do I get there?

Posted  March 11, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron and Glendale Police Department want to minimize traffic congestion and provide our guests and personnel quick access to the base and parking areas. The following will guide guests to three parking areas: Lot A (park and walk), Lot B (park and ride) and Handicapped Parking. Parking Lot A – $10…

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Static Displays Part 5

Posted  March 11, 2014

F-22 Raptor Mission The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances and defeat threats attempting to deny access to our nation’s Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.  …

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