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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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Dollars and Sense

Posted  June 27, 2014

Do you have a great idea that could have a lasting effect on how the Air Force conducts business and spends every dollar? Nobody is more aware how much time, effort and money is wasted than the Airmen who do the job every day. The Airmen Powered by Innovation program could be the right venue…

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This Week in History

Posted  June 27, 2014

1954: Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR Different than today’s Wounded Warrior Project, 60years ago this week, the U.S. Air Force began execution of Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR. The French were still trying to keep control of their Southeast Asian colony Vietnam. The Vietnamese independence fighters were a mix of nationalists and communists collectively known as the Viet Minh….

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 27, 2014

Courtesy photo Harrry Truman “The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.” ~ Harry Truman I would like to draw down this quote from the context of the Cold War, to us as individuals and the moral and spiritual battles we face daily. What about the seeds of bitterness, the seeds of…

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People First – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 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. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Women’s meeting…

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Air Force News – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

New Jersey Base leaders, families and service members gathered June 13 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to welcome the spring 2014 graduates of the Community College of the Air Force. A special presentation was made to Senior Airman Kevin Duran, 421st Combat Training Squadron, the 350,000th student to graduate. Senegal U.S. and African partners concluded a…

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Ammo builds warheads for mission

Posted  June 27, 2014

Pedro Mota Senior Airman Valerie Pessefal, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line crew member, tows a missile trailer at Luke Air Force Base. The missiles are being towed from the precision guided munitions section to the flightline. Speak softly and carry a big stick … or a rocket launcher. Luke Airmen expended 11,491 bombs, 611,156…

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Korean War vet swaps stories with Luke pilots

Posted  June 27, 2014

Grace Lee Capt. Brian Dudley, 62nd Fighter Squadron A-flight commander and instructor pilot, chats with retired U.S. Navy officer, Anthony Canzonetta, Korean War test pilot, June 13 at the 62nd FS’s heritage room prior to leaving for the flightline for a tour. During their time together, Dudley and Anthony talked about topics ranging from flying,…

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Armed Forces Voter Week: Encouraging Airmen to vote

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Federal Voting Assistance Program encourages military personnel, their eligible family members and overseas citizens to submit a new federal post card application every January to ensure they can participate in upcoming federal elections. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act states that any service member, eligible family member or overseas citizen may be…

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Luke Airman ‘escapes’ from Alcatraz

Posted  June 27, 2014

Capt. Sarah Cossette Maj. Peter Cossette, 56th Fighter Wing executive officer, celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim June 7 in San Francisco. The event is limited to 800 participants and features a mile-and-a-half swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park on the San Francisco shore. Alcatraz is one of…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  June 27, 2014

Staff Sgt. Jay-Paul Gaubault 61st Aircraft Maintenance Support section technician Hometown: Germantown, Maryland Years in service: Seven Family: Spouse, Staff Sgt. Charlene Gaubault; daughters, Taliyah, 5, and Jayda, 1 Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aircraft maintenance technology Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Kunsan Air Base, South Korea;…

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