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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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Pilot for a day

Posted  May 2, 2014

Garret “Halo” Ray, 7, is pilot for a day April 18 as Capt. Mark Browning, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows him the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Ray also visited with Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, and experienced the flight simulator.

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Salutes & Awards

Practice makes precision …

Posted  May 2, 2014

Members of the 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard practice a casket sequence April 23 at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s mission is to provide military honors for veterans and retirees.

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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted  May 2, 2014

Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow, 56th…

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Stress: Everyday occurrence for T-bolts

Posted  May 2, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base offers resources to Airmen and family members dealing with stress. With the unique challenges that the busy Air Force lifestyle presents to Airmen and family members, some can easily be overcome by stress. However, here at Luke Air Force Base there are resources available to help Airmen…

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Thunderbolt reflects on disaster

Posted  May 2, 2014

Many people know what it’s like to live through a natural disaster. Growing up in California may allow someone to know what an earthquake is like while someone in the Midwest may be more familiar with tornados. But most of the natural disasters that have occurred in the United States in recent years pale in…

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310th changes command

Posted  May 2, 2014

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner, incoming 310th Fighter Squadron commander, April 18 during a change-of-command ceremony in Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt. Raymond Morace 607th Air Control Squadron Instructor weapons director Hometown: Sierra Vista Years in service: Six years Family: Wife, Alysia; and son, Caden Education: Pursing a bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Previous assignments: Kadena Air Base, Japan Inspirations: My parents, wife and son Goals: A short-term goal is…

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News Briefs May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Gerald Brown will relinquish command of the 69th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson at 9 a.m. today in Hangar 999. Library subscription refunds Offices that receive subscriptions or items through the Luke Air Force Base Library and request a cancellation must return any refund checks received to the…

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BAH recertification happening now

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Senior Master Sgt. Robert Towler, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight chief, helps his daughter, Rihanna, 5, learn to ride a bicycle April 29 behind his house at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen receiving with-dependent rate BAH are required to recertify by December. An Air Force-wide basic allowance for housing recertification…

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Respect: Give it, get it

Posted  May 2, 2014

In preparation for this article, the one thing that kept coming to mind was respect. We all hold a key position in the military where respect plays a huge part in our daily interaction. Unfortunately, I’m sure you have all encountered a lack thereof at some point in your career. Respect is a feeling or…

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