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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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Health & Safety

TRICARE travel tips: keeping members covered

Posted  July 13, 2012

When you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is your medical coverage. These five small steps can help you avoid unexpected issues during your travels – even if you change TRICARE regions.   Keep DEERS updated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System record is the key…

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Command post

Posted  July 13, 2012

Senior Airman Tyler Rawlings runs a quick-reaction checklist as Senior Airman Austin Kelley broadcasts the termination of an in-flight emergency over the 56th Fighter Wing commander’s net at the command post.

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Sports

Fitness center offers Thunderbolts ways to exert

Posted  July 13, 2012

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during her workout routine July 3 at the Combat PT Center.

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Sports Shorts – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Scuba diving classes Two-day scuba diving classes will be held Saturday and Sunday, and Sept. 1 and 2 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $99 and includes all instruction materials and equipment. For more information or to sign up, call (623) 856-7120.   Youth dance class A youth dance class teaching hip-hop, stepping and…

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OG leadership changes hands

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Douglas Miller relinquished command of the 56th Operations Group to Col. John Hanna during a ceremony held June 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Hanna joins Team Luke after serving as the director of the...

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Focus on Appearance – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Hairstyles:  Women may not have military high-and-tight or flat-top haircuts. The minimum length is one inch and hair will not exceed three inches in bulk. Men’s hair must have a tapered appearance on the sides and back. With and without headgear, hair will not exceed one and a quarter-inch in bulk, regardless of length, and…

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Commentary

Team, leadership successfully draw down preventive health at Joint Base Balad

Posted  July 6, 2012

Preventive health members from Luke Air Force Base, Lackland AFB, Texas, and Kirtland AFB, N.M., were lucky enough to have the opportunity to deploy during the closure of vaunted Joint Base Balad during the June through November 2011 rotation. For some, it was their first deployment; for others, it was another in a long line…

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756th AMXS COC

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, and Lt. Col. James Upchurch, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, salute June 28 as Upchurch assumes command of the 756th AMXS during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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Marines provide joint training

Posted  July 6, 2012

Five Airmen and three Navy Seabees joined 44 Marines June 15 through 29 in advancing their leadership skills during a condensed two-week Corporals’ Course at Luke Air Force Base. The course is designed to help E-4s transition into leadership roles as junior NCOs. Though the course was condensed, nothing was left out of the curriculum,…

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Events

News Briefs – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Changes of command 56th LRS Lt. Col. Michael Davis, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Erin Cluff at 8 a.m. today in Bldg. 291. 56th SFS Maj. Gerald Mulhollen, 56th Security Forces Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. Sean Gibbs at 2 p.m. today in Club Five Six. 56th…

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