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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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Newcomers train from get-go

Posted  June 1, 2012

I have the great honor and privilege of commanding the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, aka Team Roadrunner — “beep beep!” Over the last 24 years I have learned a thing or two that I usually share with my new squadron teammates at our monthly newcomers’ orientation. Now, these items are my opinion and may not…

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month brings Airmen, civilians, cultures together

Posted  June 1, 2012

There are many commemorative months that are celebrated every year, but on May 23 Airmen and civilians came together to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month over food and entertainment...

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Road closure advisory The Maricopa County Department of Transportation will temporarily close Northern Avenue between Litchfield Road and Dysart Road beginning at 3 a.m Tuesday to accommodate new concrete box culvert installation. During this time, Litchfield Road and Dysart Road will remain open. Glendale Avenue or Olive Avenue may be used as an alternate route….

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Thunderbolt of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Rodriguez 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman Hometown: Urbana, Ohio Years in service: Two Family: Husband, Airman 1st Class Miguel Rodriguez Education: Currently attending Rio Salado Community College for bachelor’s degree in nursing…

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Dancer, actress morphs into fighter

Posted  June 1, 2012

When someone says the word fighter what may come to mind is someone who is big, strong or muscular. Well, if those are the only things that come to mind, you will be amazed when meeting the 5'1"...

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Tops in Blue comes to Luke

Posted  June 1, 2012

Coming to Phoenix for one night only, filled with music, dancing and fun. It’s not “American Idol” or “Dancing With the Stars,” it’s the Tops in Blue 2012 show. Tops in Blue is the Air Force premier performing group made up of 35 to 40 of the Air Forces’ most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Health & Safety

Stop drownings, silent killer

Posted  June 1, 2012

Fact: Drowning is the leading cause of death in Arizona among children 1 to 4 years old.   By the numbers  90 - People on average drown in Arizona each year 44 - Water-related incidents have been reported in Maricopa County so far this year 10 - of those 44 were deaths, including four children 2 - Arizona’s rank…

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What’s going into your tank?

Posted  June 1, 2012

Are you putting regular or premium foods in your tank? What you put in your stomach may affect not only your energy levels but your overall health. Similar to how a car’s performance is affected by the type of gas put in it, the human body’s performance can either be increased or decreased depending on…

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Fit Warrior of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Danny Amparan 107th Air Control Squadron Support Equipment Assistant NCO in-charge   1. How do you stay fit? Work out three to four times a week by doing cardio (running) and light weight training. 2. What drives you to keep working out? It feels good to be healthy, and I have to keep…

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Air Force News June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Maryland The Navy and Air Force stand to save more than $2 billion after jointly developing an engine modification that will keep critically important aircraft flying for years. The two services and industry worked together to develop and field a modification to CFM International’s CFM56-2 (F108) engine, allowing them to restore exhaust gas temperature margins,…

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