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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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News Briefs June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

56th FW change of command Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will relinquish command to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus at 7:56 a.m. today in Hangar 431. Relinqish/assume command Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann will relinquish command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at 8:30 a.m. July 2 in Hangar 913. At the same time Maj….

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Airman defeats high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight with healthy living

Posted  June 20, 2014

Courtesy photos Before: Senior Master Sgt. Dave DeRemer, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs superintendent, is seen in 2007 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before deciding to live a healthier lifestyle. After: DeRemer is seen in August 2013 at the Midwest Evolution Bodybuilding Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, where he won the men’s physique championship…

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Listening: Required for great leaders

Posted  June 20, 2014

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and you may get a different answer every time. When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important quality of all is their ability…

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Luke 1 bids farewell to Thunderbolts

Posted  June 20, 2014

As I look back on the past 20 months as commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, I’m humbled by everything that this team has accomplished. I’d like to highlight a few of those successes and milestones, but first I want to start off with a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Team Luke for your…

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Heat illness summer threat to uninitiated

Posted  June 20, 2014

For Airmen living on Luke Air Force Base, being told that “the summer is hot here” is akin to being told “the water is wet.” It’s a no-brainer. But ask these same Airmen what injuries can come from the summer heat and many of them may shrug or give the “deer in the headlights” stare….

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Sports Shorts – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

Christopher Brown, 56th Operation Support Squadron, prepares to return the serve during a game with 56th Force Support Squadron June 16 at Luke Air Force Base. OSS won two out of three games to win the match. OSS defeats FSS in 3-game volleyball match Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 27, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 16 through 22: Tickets Security forces issues citations for 16 moving and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents June 17: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object near Bldg. 909. There were no injuries….

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How’s your jet engine running?

Posted  June 27, 2014

With a dry weight of 3,218 pounds, a length of 191.15 inches, a diameter of 44.60 inches and a max fuel flow of 49,964 pounds per hour, the F-16 Fighting Falcon F100-220 engine is a marvel to see when firing during take-off but jaw-dropping when viewed by itself awaiting maintenance.

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Fly Over: ‘3 Days to Kill’ and ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’

Posted  June 27, 2014

On DVD: ’3 Days to Kill’ Kevin Costner seems to be enjoying a resurgence in mainstream film roles lately. Following great supporting roles in last year’s “Man of Steel” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” earlier this year, Costner returns to being the leading man in “3 Days to Kill.” This action-comedy is written by Luc…

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Thunderbolts go country

Posted  June 27, 2014

Laura Walsh performs for Luke Airmen in Hangar 999. Walsh, a local musician, has performed at events across the state.   A large crowd of Luke Airmen gathered for the Salute to the Troops event, which was staged alongside the latest addition to Luke, the F-35 Lightning II.   Jerrod Niemann gets the crowd to…

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