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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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Thunderbirds make wish come true for AZ children

Posted  March 21, 2014

Children watched in delight March 14 as the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, flew across the skies over Luke Air Force Base. The demonstration team brightened the day for a group of special-needs children during their practice demonstration and meet-and-greet.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald rides with Thunderbirds

Posted  March 21, 2014

Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, visited Luke Air Force Base March 13 to ride in a Thunderbirds’ jet.

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Air Force News – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Idaho Col. Sherrie McCandless, the first woman selected to command the 124th Fighter Wing and first female wing commander in Idaho Air National Guard history, assumed command in a ceremony on March 2, at Gowen Field, Boise. Poland In an attempt to augment U.S. military presence in the region, 12 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting…

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People First – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

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. Air Force…

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56th AMXS best in AETC maintenance effectiveness

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Daniel Baur, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, performs a 90-day weapons inspection March 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The weapons inspection was of the LAU-129 missile launcher section of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron won the Air Education and Training Command’s…

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Marine awarded Purple Heart

Posted  March 21, 2014

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann U.S. Marine Corps Capt. David Sierleja, Bulk Fuel Company inspector instructor, pins the Purple Heart on medically retired Staff Sgt. Keith Darnell Feb. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Darnell received the award for injuries he sustained while deployed to Afghanistan. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized awards…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 21, 2014

For week of March 17 Airman 1st Class Koraye Williams 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Service financial technician Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Odessa; and father, Freddie Education: Florida Institute of Technology, bachelor’s in business administration Inspirations: Own a gym or YMCA to help children of the future Goals: Receive a master’s…

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News Briefs March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Finance office hours The 56th Comptroller Squadron offices will be closed Wednesday and resume normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 2nd Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Health fair There will be a Blue Cross Blue Shield representative on base to answer questions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will…

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54th Fighter Group activates at Holloman AFB

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya An F-16 Fighting Falcon is displayed during the 54th Fighter Group activation March 11 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 54th FG, a tenant unit at Holloman, is a detachment the 56th Fighter Wing and will ultimately operate two F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons. The 54th FG plus three squadrons…

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Time management key takeaway

Posted  March 21, 2014

My family and friends ask me all the time, “What are have you taken away from your Air Force experience thus far?” This question typically brings to mind many things, but I give them the usual, “I have learned how to be more responsible and independent.” If there is one solitary thing I have pulled…

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