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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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Justice Report

Posted  March 21, 2014

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke air Force Base for January and February: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial A staff sergeant was found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault. Articles 15 An airman received an Article 15 for damaging government property valued at more than $500 and being drunk…

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Street Beat

Posted  March 21, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 3 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 20 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 1124 parking lot. There were no injuries. March 11: Security forces responded…

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56th LRS provides humanitarian airlift support

Posted  March 21, 2014

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron provided Operations Ukraine Company with support on Monday for a humanitarian airlift of a solar generator going to Gonaives, Haiti.

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Flying Fortress makes appearance at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

Marty Novak, B-17G/B-25J Flight crew member, monitors the flight from the tail end of the B-17.   Participants selected to fly in the B-17 commemorative flight prepare to board the plane at the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum located at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.   Capt. Jason Chugg, 56th Training…

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Fly Over: ’300: Rise of an Empire’, and ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Posted  March 21, 2014

Now in theaters: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ It’s pretty weird that it took seven years for a sequel to the Greek action film (which I’m pretty sure should be its own genre at this point) “300.” There was a lot surrounding that movie, and in my humble opinion it was a pretty good movie,…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 21, 2014

Courtesy photo “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Is there a “light from within” in you? How is it people see you in the dark…

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March: Women’s History Month

Posted  March 21, 2014

Courtesy photo Harriet Tubman, woman of conviction, courage Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 and died in 1913. During the days of slavery, she changed lives one slave at a time. Tubman’s name will forever be linked to the underground railroad, which was used prior to the Civil War to help free slaves. She did…

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

Escorted by two F-16s, Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter arrived a little after 11 a.m. March 11 from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Tex.

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WWII vet returns 70 years after earning wings at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Open House and Air Show is not only a great opportunity for the public to experience the capabilities of the Air Force, but it also draws many who have served their country to reminisce on their active-duty days while checking out their old planes on display. For one World War II veteran, the return to Luke was particularly special.

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Lightning in the Desert

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota The Thunderbirds performed at Luke Air Force Base during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show.   Senior Airman Jason Colbert Luke Air Force Base F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate close air support, which was simulated with pyrotechnics.   Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota A Thunderbirds jet flies…

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