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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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Cactus Starfighter brings fight to range

Posted  May 11, 2012

Staff Sgt. Jacob Torgerson, 116th Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, watches an airstrike he called in during the exercise at the Barry M. Goldwater Range Complex May 3. JTACs let the pilots know if the airstrike was successful or if they need to fly in...

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Street Beat May 11, 2012

Posted  May 11, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 27 through May 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and seven nonmoving violations.   Traffic Related Incidents April 27: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. One traffic ticket was issued…

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The flying V

Posted  May 11, 2012

A formation of seven F-16 Fighting Falcons perform a flyover at Luke Air Force Base April 30. These aircraft represent Luke’s six fighter squadrons and are flying with the 56th Fighter Wing’s flagship aircraft.  

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Mighty Medical MASH BASH

Posted  May 11, 2012

Kai, 4, son of Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Aldridge, 56th Medical Group, goes one-on-one against Airman 1st Class Robert Schlattman, 56th Medical Support Squadron, during a round of pugil sticks at the Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base May 4. The Mash Bash is an event hosted by the 56th MDG that features many activities…

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Without batting an eye

Posted  May 11, 2012

Airman 1st Class Taylor Leblanc, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry technician, receives a slit lamp examination to check ocular heath at the clinic Apr. 12. The slit lamp is an instrument consisting of high-intensity light that can be focused to shine a thin sheet of light into the eye.

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Fitness center renamed to honor fallen Airman

Posted  May 4, 2012

Team Luke officially renamed its fitness center to the Bryant Fitness Center during a re-dedication ceremony Monday to honor of an Airman killed while serving in a combat zone last year. Lt. Col. Frank Bryant Jr., the fitness center’s namesake, was among the nine Americans killed…

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AETC Commander: Airmen must eliminate sexual assault

Posted  May 4, 2012

Integrity First — it’s our first core value and the cornerstone of our ability to eliminate sexual assault from our service. Integrity is about doing the right thing and as we focus our attention on sexual assault this month, we must renew our commitment to uphold the dignity of, and respect for, every human being….

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Mentorship, our responsibility

Posted  May 4, 2012

Gen. T. Michael Mosley, former chief of staff of the Air Force, introduced in 2007 the new Airman’s Creed that Airmen proudly recite at promotion ceremonies, professional development graduations and other Air Force events. The Airman’s Creed is a reminder of our great heritage that we continue to uphold. We are also reminded of our…

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1st Sgt. appreciation

Posted  May 4, 2012
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