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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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People First June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 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.   AF…

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AFRC program trains warriors to rebuild where needed

Posted  June 22, 2012

Nearly 50 Airmen traveled to Fayetteville, Tenn., in May to rebuild part of the Riverside Christian Academy campus after tornadoes devastated...

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International leadership tour

Posted  June 22, 2012

Senior Airman Nicholas Filer, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, briefs Samer Melki, a French diplomat, and Scott Homler, consecutive interpreter, on the F-16 during an international visitor leadership tour June 15 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Luke 1 speaks out on DUI

Posted  June 22, 2012

In November 2006, Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander (a colonel at the time), was attending National Defence College in New Delhi, India, accompanied by his wife, Heather, and son, John.

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DUI, how it changed my life

Posted  June 22, 2012

On Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, a few friends and I attended an Arizona Cardinals game. Before the game started, I had a few beers at a restaurant near the stadium. After the game, we went to a nightclub for more drinks.

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If only I’d just seen ‘Twilight’

Posted  June 22, 2012

On a Thursday night in July 2010, my wife and I decided to go to the movie theater to see Twilight. Since we arrived early, we decided to get some drinks at a restaurant near the theater.

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‘Back’ basics

Posted  June 22, 2012

Kate Watkins, Luke Air Force Base Health and Wellness Center contracted physical therapist, instructs Tech. Sgt. Troy Ares, 107th Air Control Squadron quality assurance specialist, on a proper lifting technique during a back pain seminar in the combat PT center June 14 at Luke Air Force Base. Lack of flexibility and improper lifting techniques are…

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Fly Over: ‘Rock of Ages’

Posted  June 22, 2012

“Rock of Ages,” a love letter to 1980s classic rock music, has come to theaters this summer with an all-star ensemble cast and plenty of lip-synching. With a few exceptions, however, the much-hyped big-screen adaptation directed by Adam Shankman fails to strike the same chord as the 2006 Chris D’Arienzo Broadway musical of the same…

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Fly Over: ‘Prometheus’

Posted  June 22, 2012

“Prometheus” is a visually epic film that fails just as epically with its incoherent storyline. The plot is filled with more holes than craters on the surface of the moon. Ridley Scott’s prequel to “Alien” felt like a more aesthetically pleasing episode of the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens,” but an hour longer and even less…

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DFAC provides programs for Thunderbolts

Posted  June 22, 2012

If an Airman living in the dorms or a deployed Airman’s family member is hungry and doesn’t feel like cooking, the Luke Air Force Base Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility may be able to help.

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