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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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Street Beat June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 18 through 23:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for one moving and two nonmoving violations.   Emergency responses May 18: Security forces responded to a report of suspicious activity possibly involving C-4 inside a vehicle at billeting. Patrols responded along with a K-9 unit,…

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People First June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 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.   Air…

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EFMP helps AF families with needs

Posted  June 1, 2012

There is no perfect family; they all have trials and hardships. In many cases the Air Force is prepared to assist. The Defense Department created the Exceptional Family Member Program to help families with...

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From recorder to rifle and back

Posted  June 1, 2012

About three and a half months ago my supervisor came to me to say I was going to be a 56th Security Forces Squadron augmentee. Augmentees are Airmen from different base units who serve 90 days at the SFS to help during deployment shortages. I worked four-days on, with three days off and a day…

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Chaplain thoughts June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

“And I’m proud to be an American, Where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died Who gave that right to me.” ~ Lee Greenwood   Memorial Day was earlier this week. Now what? How many times did you hear Lee Greenwood’s song on the radio? How many times…

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Summer, packed with possibilities

Posted  June 1, 2012

S.T.E.P.S for success camp
Youth learn basic skills needed to land a job or career during the S.T.E.P.S for success teen camp 1 to 3 p.m. June 4 through 8. Free to youth center members.

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Fly Over: ‘The Dictator’

Posted  June 1, 2012

He’s back, fake beard and all. This time, Sacha Baron Cohen plays General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, supreme leader of the African, oil-rich, fictional country of Wadiya. As Aladeen, Cohen insults as many cultures, religions, countries and species as possible in 83 minutes. So, if you are easily offended, skip this one. However, for those of…

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Fly Over: ‘The Avengers’

Posted  June 1, 2012

If you’re like me, you have been anticipating the release of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” I can, without a doubt, tell you that I was not disappointed when I finally dragged my husband to the show with popcorn in hand.

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Luke automated switchboard service

Posted  June 1, 2012

An automated system is currently in place to posture Luke for the termination of live switchboard services. When callers dial (623) 856-1110, 896-1110, or 0, they will be introduced to the automated service. Developed call trees will continue to be monitored and modified as customer feedback is received. A list of “Quick Reference” phone numbers…

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Cookie drop

Posted  June 1, 2012

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Biel, Bulk Fuel Company C training chief, receives a case of Girl Scout Cookies May 23 from Savannah Hale, Troop 1219 member, at Luke Air Force Base.

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