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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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309th FS change of command

Posted  June 8, 2012

Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher assumes command of the 309th Fighter Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony May 24 at Luke Air Force Base.

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CES reduces energy to save money

Posted  June 8, 2012

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will receive approximately $54,500 from an energy program by reducing the amount of electricity Luke Air Force Base uses from June 1 to Sept. 30. It’s estimated that Luke will help with a megawatt-hour reduction if called upon in the four-month period. The energy program is called Peak Solutions Program…

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Chaplain thoughts June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

  “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”  ~ Corrie ten Boom   What we invest in ourselves, our families, our friends, and those we supervise is part of what defines our life. How have you invested yourself? The dash between the years of birth and death tell…

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56th DS sinks teeth into mission

Posted  June 8, 2012

More than 8,000 people in Alabama received free dental treatment from total and joint forces April 29 through May 12 as part of “Operation Alabama Black Belt 2012.” Master Sgt. Lee Walton, 56th Dental...

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Seat belts save lives

Posted  June 8, 2012

– Car accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 5 through 34 in the U.S. – More than 2.3 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms as the result of being injured in car accidents in 2009. – If you’re in the front seat during a crash, wearing a seat belt can improve your…

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Fit Warrior of the Week June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Istvan Kertesz 107th Air Control Squadron Maintenance Operation Control    1. How do you stay fit? I do a combination of cardio and weights six days a week. I also keep my daily calorie count below 1,800. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I like the physical and mental benefits I…

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Air Force News June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

Kentucky Airmen and volunteers from the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron are restoring a C-47 Skytrain at Fort Campbell. The plane was involved in every major airborne and glider-borne assault in the European Theater of operations, to include operations Dragoon, Market-Garden and Varsity.   North Carolina Col. Jeannie Leavitt became the first female to lead…

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People First June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 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. Medical ‘C-code’…

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Tops in Blue

Posted  June 8, 2012

1st Lt. Kandis Rich, center, Tops in Blue vocalist and operations officer, sings during the Tops in Blue performance June 5 at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. Rich is an acquisition officer with the 705th Combat Training Squadron in Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

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