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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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Chaplain thoughts June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.”  ~ Andrew Carnegie   TEAM — Together Everyone Achieves More. As leaders we are called to build cohesive teams that are working together for a common goal. As leaders, we lead with a vision and capitalize on the God-given gifts of our team members…

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Dine and swim

Posted  June 22, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Shawn Sather, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron jet engine mechanic, plays with his son, Liam, June 14 in the pool at the Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, while participating in the deployed spouse’s dinner. The event was designed to bring together families of deployed service members or recently deployed for dinner, swimming and games for…

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Street Beat June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 8 through 14:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and one nonmoving violations.   Traffic-related incidents June 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident near Bldg. 1223. There were no injuries. June 11: Security forces responded to…

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Sandy situation

Posted  June 22, 2012

William Kent, 12, practices a bunker shot June 14 during the Junior Golf Clinic held at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The Junior Golf Clinic is a four-day clinic for youth, ages 7 to 17, that covers the basic fundamentals, rules and etiquette of golfing.

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Ballerinas

Posted  June 22, 2012

Hannah Leibert, 4, Hailey Godsey, 5, and Makayla Doyle, 4, practice ballet during a dance class at Luke Air Force Base. The youth center offers hip hop and tap dance classes for youth center members.

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SFS defeats CMS 13-6

Posted  June 22, 2012

Christopher White, 56th Security Forces Squadron, makes the catch, but Marty Wygant, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, crosses first base and is safe during the intramural softball game June 12 at the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center softball field.

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Sports Shorts June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

UFC Fight Night Doors open for the UFC Fight Night at 5:30 p.m., preliminary bouts are 7 p.m. and the main event is 9 p.m. Saturday at Club Five Six live on pay-per-view. Admission is free. For more information, call (623) 856-6446.   Swim meet Sign up for the Luke Air Force Base summer swim…

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Salutes & Awards

Journey to Purple Heart spans decades

Posted  June 15, 2012

There is an old saying, “It’s better late than never.” After 67 years, World War II veteran Army Staff Sgt. Carlyle Gardner, who served almost three years in the war, was presented a Purple Heart and POW medal by...

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ACC TRSS, Det. 9 moves to Luke

Posted  June 15, 2012

The Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron, Detachment 9 supports the initial training for units such as the 607th Air Control Squadron. In total, Det. 9 supports 17 ACS units across the Air Force. The primary mission of Det. 9 is to develop, maintain and support the courseware and syllabi for the 607th ACS training….

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O-6 selections announced

Posted  June 15, 2012

The following majors have been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel:   56th Fighter Wing Paul Dambrauskas and Ryan Nudi   56th Operations Group Doyle Pompa   56th Operations Support Squadron James Govin   62nd Fighter Squadron Craig Andrle   309th FS Brandon Roth and Matthew Warner   310th FS Brian Macfarlane and Donald Siegmund…

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