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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Senior Airman Amanda Darby 56th Force Support Squadron Services Journeyman

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56th AMXS change of command

Posted  July 6, 2012

Maj. Jason Mitchell renders his first salute after assuming command of the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony June 27 held in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Quarterly awards announced

Posted  July 6, 2012

The following individuals are quarterly award winners:   56th Medical Group Airman: Airman 1st Class Taylor LeBlanc, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Weaver-Cruz, 56th Dental Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Mary Williams, 56th DS Company grade officer: Capt. Heidi Mudzimurema, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. Michael Blowers, 56th MDOS…

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Commissary hits ‘reset’ button on store layout

Posted  July 6, 2012

Shoppers visiting the Luke Air Force Base Commissary June 27 may have walked in feeling like it was the first time they’ve ever visited the store. A packed parking lot worth of customers could be heard asking...

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Thunderbolts recognized for combat contributions

Posted  July 6, 2012

Four Thunderbolts from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron received recognition June 29 for their contributions in combat.

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Health & Safety

Fit Warrior of the Week – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

I honestly just like staying in shape. Plus, beating a bunch of 18-year-olds in a run is always fun.

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Urgent care vs. emergency room: Pays to know difference

Posted  July 6, 2012

Choosing the appropriate type of care for a medical condition accomplishes several important things, including: choosing the appropriate level of treatment for the medical condition making the best use of time by selecting medical care wisely ensuring highly specialized, expensive emergency room resources are used efficiently   Urgent care If a condition arises and it…

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19th Air Force to inactivate

Posted  July 6, 2012

Air Education and Training Command’s 19th Air Force will inactivate after managing the command’s flying training operations for more than 19 years. Gen. Edward Rice, AETC commander, will lead an inactivation ceremony and furling the 19th Air Force flag at 9 a.m. July 12 in Hangar 41 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. In 2011,…

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Air Force News – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Colorado More than 2,100 Airmen and their families who had to evacuate their homes at the U.S. Air Force Academy due to the Waldo Canyon fire were allowed to return as of 5 a.m. June 29.   Washington D.C. Air Force Academy Cadet Christopher Kirk recently saved the life of an individual after arriving on…

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People First – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 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.   Officials…

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