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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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Health & Safety

Ground, flight and weapons: Luke safety triad

Posted  May 18, 2012

They inspect. They train. They investigate – on the ground and in the air. Their job is to set the conditions so the 56th Fighter Wing can safely accomplish its mission to train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots...

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Beware the Thunderbolt

Posted  May 18, 2012

An F-16 sits idly on the flightline after a storm forced the pilot to divert to the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field May 9. The Gila Bend facility is roughly an hour drive southwest of Luke Air Force Base and provides another place for pilots to land if they’re not able to make it back to…

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Program helps those leaving military

Posted  May 18, 2012

Leaving the military and entering the civilian world can be a hard transition for many people to make. The Transition Assistance Program is one way the military helps those leaving the service. The Defense Department’s TAP program was designed to smooth the transition of military personnel and family members leaving active duty. The program has…

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Air Force News May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Washington D.C. A husband who championed the progression of disability policy and the exceptional family member program received the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year Award here May 11. Jeremy Hilton, spouse of Air Force Lt. Col. Renae Hilton, an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent on Joint Base Andrews, Md., received the award…

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People First May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 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. Some reservists…

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Legal day helps children understand Law

Posted  May 18, 2012

A thief robbed the Martinville jewelry store and thousands of dollars of merchandise disappeared thanks to a masked man. Police apprehended a man with the jewelry at the Martinville Hotel. (A jury of children will...

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Health & Safety

Portion control and healthy ways to manage it

Posted  May 18, 2012

With the rate of obesity rising and portion sizes growing, what is a person to do? In today’s society portion sizes are not what they once were. When McDonald’s first opened in 1955 they only had a 7-ounce soft drink, according to Aaron Anderson, Aerospace Medicine Squadron Health and Wellness Center dietitian. Today, McDonald’s serves…

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Chaplain thoughts May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God. ~ Charles L. Allen  I am an optimist — sort of comes with the territory as a chaplain. My job is to give people hope, but not false hope. False hope is “me” promising someone that…

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Providing a helping hand

Posted  May 18, 2012

Roughly 20 Airmen volunteered to help Cartwright Elementary School successfully host the Yee Haw Fun Run, which coordinator Lorain Marquez, 5th grade teacher, hopes will become an annual event.

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Street Beat May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 4 through 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations.   Traffic Related Incidents:  May 9: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1540. There were no injuries.   Emergency Responses: May 7: Security…

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