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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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Feeding Thunderbolts

Posted  June 1, 2012

Senior Airman Michael O’Neil, 56th Force Support Squadron Food Services journeyman, prepares a meal for Airmen during lunch time at Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility.

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Memorial Day Murph

Posted  June 1, 2012

Kris Lacson, 56th Force Support Squadron, performs pushups during the Memorial Day Murph at the Luke Air Force Base track May 28. Each participant did 100 pullups, 200 pushups and 300 squats.

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Sports Shorts June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Tom Kuyper B-ball camp Youth, ages 8 to 14, learn fundamental basketball skills from Coach Tom Kuyper during the camp 1 to 4 p.m. June 25 through 29 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The cost is $10 per member due at sign-up no later than June 22. For more information, call (623) 856-7470….

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Defenders remember fallen brothers

Posted  May 24, 2012

An annual security forces retreat ceremony occurred May 17 at the Luke Air Force Base flag pole, in memory of  the 18 Airmen who lost their lives May 15, 1975. Many may not know or fully understand the history of the Mayaguez incident and why even 37 years later it still lingers within the thoughts…

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Thank you, Thunderbolts

Posted  May 24, 2012

Greetings Team Luke! Wow, what can I say, time flies when you’re having fun … this has been a superb ride. Unfortunately for me, I am at the end of a phenomenal tour having to leave a magnificent community. As we depart, I just want to say “thanks” to all for your acceptance, support, teamwork…

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Honoring a fallen Thunderbolt

Posted  May 24, 2012

Chief Master Sgt. Marvin Harden, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight chief, speaks during the memorial service of Senior Airman Kenneth Lee, Jr. at the base chapel May 18. Lee was a munitions system specialist assigned to the 56th EMS.

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Luke hosts POW symposium

Posted  May 24, 2012

Hundreds gathered at the base theater to hear the stories of seven prisoners of war May 18 at Luke Air Force Base. During the Vietnam War, these pilots spent anywhere from 55 to 2,734 days as a POW between September 1965 and March 1973. Air Force Col. Phillip Smith was held the longest. He flew…

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News Briefs May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Road Closure Advisory The Maricopa County Department of Transportation contractor 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…

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Airman First Class Trevor Williams 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Apprentice Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va. Years in service: One Family: Mother and father Education: Enrolled at Tidewater Community College. Inspirations: My parents, because they both…

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Lessons on police duty

Posted  May 24, 2012

Officer Kelly Schemers, Phoenix Police Department, speaks with children during the stranger danger assembly at the child development center here May 14. Schemers taught the children how to react if a stranger tries to communicate with them.

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