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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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Sports Shorts – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, backs down a defender during the intramural basketball championship game April 14 against 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated FSS 50-41. LRS takes B-ball championship 50-41 Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Last year, the 56th Force Support Squadron…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 25, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 15: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle in the parking lot of Bldg….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 25, 2014

When active-duty members receive their last leave and earnings statement on active duty, the LES will state that their end-of-month paycheck will be withheld. This is normal. Their final paycheck will be calculated manually by a comptroller technician to include (if applicable) leave sellback, separation/severance pay, and unpaid debts along with their regular pay. For…

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March of the Fallen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Military members and local community members gather April 20 to participate in the 2014 March of the Fallen event at the Raven Golf Course at Verrado in Buckeye.   The community comes together April 20 to show their support for fallen military members during the annual rucksack march.   Airmen represent the 56th Civil Engineer…

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Fly Over: ’47 Ronin’, and ‘Breaking Amish’

Posted  April 25, 2014

On DVD: 47 Ronin Set in feudal Japan, Keanu Reeves stars in the action-adventure epic, “47 Ronin.” After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves) – an enslaved half-breed they once…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 25, 2014

Courtesy photo Gen. John Pershing “A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while, on the contrary, an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.” ~ John Pershing 2 Corinthians 3:5 states, “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.”…

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ASU cadets go through ‘tough’ paces

Posted  April 25, 2014

Cadets stand at attention while reciting an article from the Military Code of Conduct April 18 at the event. One hundred and eighteen ASU cadets participated.   ASU cadets pull a 6,000-pound high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle at the ATSO area. The cadets were invited to Luke by Company Grade Officer Committee members, who planned…

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Airman wears two uniforms

Posted  April 25, 2014

Being in the Air Force Reserve gives Airmen the opportunity to serve their country while following their dreams to become just about anything in life. For some, the dream might be to be an actor or a musician, but for one 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Flight Airman, who is deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, his dream was to become a police officer.

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People First – April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 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. Culture change…

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March honors fallen

Posted  April 25, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, guest speaker, spoke April 20 during the kick-off of the March of the Fallen. Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded in 2007 while deployed to Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated in front of him. Airmen and local community members came together April 20…

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