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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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AGE Flight reaps benefits of AFSO21

Posted  April 13, 2012

56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight recently took a closer look at the periodic inspection process with the use of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century tools and lean principles.

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Chaplain thoughts – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

“Don’t you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson As people of faith, I would argue that faith must be put into action or it is not really faith. An old song tells us that faith without action “is about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.”

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People First – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 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. Official provides…

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Air Force News – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

Virginia Air Force pararescuemen were able to bring home one of their fallen comrades April 6. As the ceremonial caisson rolled to a stop in Arlington National Cemetery, Tech. Sgt. Allen Avery, an Air Force pararescueman who lost his life during combat operations in Vietnam, was escorted to his final resting place. Morocco U.S. Air…

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Civilian employee survey underway

Posted  April 13, 2012

56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Have you ever wanted a greater opportunity to change how your office works or give input on how you see the work environment? The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is giving Luke Air Force Base’s civilian employees that chance. The OPM opened its Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to Air Force…

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Justice Report – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in March. Courts-Martial A senior airman was found guilty of four specifications of Article 92, violation of a general regulation for use and possession of spice and bath salts. The member received a sentence of confinement for 15…

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Street Beat – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 30 through April 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one moving violation. Traffic-related incidents March 30: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident off Glendale Avenue adjacent to base housing. One individual was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital. April 4:…

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Choosing to act: Stories of Rescue

Posted  April 13, 2012

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust remembrance week is Sunday through April 22. The theme designated for the 2012 observance is “Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue.” The…

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Luke NCOs take study break

Posted  April 13, 2012

Standing, Tech. Sgts. Lee Evertsen, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Allen Limjoco, 56th Medical Group; Kelly Belcher, kneeling, 56th Force Support Squadron; Kristine Gamilla, 56th FSS; Mark Adams, 56th Maintenance Group; and Darien Connor, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, and others visit with U.S. Army veteran, Robert Callaway as he…

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Fly Over: The Hunger Games

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Hunger Games, a sci-fi novel, is the first book in “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins and was released in 2008. The Hunger Games is written for the young adult, which is not my age group, but I found myself unable to put it down and stayed up all night reading it. It was an easy read and fast-paced.

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