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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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Wheels in sky keep turning

Posted  June 20, 2014

The 56th Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Wheel and Tire shop has recently taken on the task of tire maintenance for the new F-35 Lightning II jet.

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Sports physical day aimed at kid fitness

Posted  June 20, 2014

For a parent, keeping a child healthy can be a task. Luckily, the folks at the Luke Pediatrics clinic agree and strive to help. The 56th Medical Operations Squadron Pediatrics clinic will host a Fitness and Sports Physical Day at 9 a.m. July 26. Children ages 6 through 16 years are invited to participate. “It…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  June 20, 2014

If you served in the military and now hold a civil service position, your military service time may apply toward your civil service retirement. There are specific regulations in regard to these requests that the civilian personnel office should answer that will be specific to your situation. To proceed with this request, you must “buy…

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People First – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

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.  DOD, AF leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions…

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Air Force News – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

Jordan For the past two weeks, Airmen from around the world converged in Jordan to provide airpower to sister services and partner nations throughout Exercise Eager Lion 2014. The scenarios that played out over the skies of Jordan included various air-to-air and air-to-ground missions that were possible because of the efforts of all the Airmen…

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June 1999: End of Operation ALLIED FORCE

Posted  June 20, 2014

This week, 15 years ago, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 78-day Operation ALLIED FORCE ended. NATO officially ended its air war against Serbia after Serbian military forces pulled out of Kosovo territory. NATO began the operation in response to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Kosovar Albanians. The operation signified one step in…

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Base VBS considered huge success

Posted  June 20, 2014

Staff Sgt.TIMOTHY BOYER Children look on as Jackie Duarte, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel Vacation Bible School celebration team leader, dances and sings June 4 during the weeklong event. The laughter of 162 children filled the base chapel along with music June 2 through 6 for the 56th Fighter Wing Chapel Vacation Bible School 2014 at…

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Taking Fido when PCSing abroad means planning

Posted  June 20, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Dr. J.M. Kiel, Luke Air Force Base Veterinary Services veterinarian, and Hunter Davidson, 56th Medical Support Squadron magnetic resonance imaging technician, position Oersoes, Ajo Border Patrol Station working dog June 10 before putting him through the Siemens MRI machine. Oersoes and another working dog, Goliet, were sedated prior to going through…

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A grand exit …

Posted  June 20, 2014

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew his final flight at Luke Air Force Base Wednesday in an F-16 Fighting Falcon. He relinquishes command today to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus. Rothstein has been selected for an assignment commanding U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 20, 2014

Staff Sgt. Robert Evan McClanahan 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Firefighter crew chief Hometown: Bartlett, Texas Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Meghan; and daughter, Maeve Annie, 5 months Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida; Enrique Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; and Ramstein AB,…

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