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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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ASTS receives life-like training tool

Posted  March 31, 2012

The newest member of the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron allows operators to create “real-life” situations for medical training. Laerdal SimMan 3G, a new mannequin, is a life-like patient able to produce audible breathing and bowel sounds, and heartbeats. He can sweat, cry and bleed. Even…

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Thunderbolt of the Week March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

Hometown: Vandalia, Ill. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Brad; step-mother, Alyssa; mother, Monica; brothers, Joshua and Tristan; and sisters, Makaela and Isabella Education: Community College of the Air Force in information systems technology Inspirations: People who are willing to work…

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Sports

Posting pride

Posted  March 31, 2012

Staff Sgt. Samantha Renner, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, sings the national anthem Tuesday as the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard post the colors before the San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at the Peoria Sports Complex.

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Cookie monsters

Posted  March 31, 2012

Master Sgt. Renee Huggins, 607th Air Control Squadron first sergeant, accepts cookies from a member of Daisy Scouts Troop #2636 at Primrose School March 20 in Palm Valley, Goodyear. The Girl Scouts donated 600 boxes of cookies to the  First Sergeants Council for distribution to Airmen at Luke Air Force Base.

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10th Air Force commander throws first pitch in Surprise

Posted  March 31, 2012

Brig. Gen. William Binger, 10th Air Force commander, threw out the first pitch during a Spring Training game Monday at Surprise Stadium. The commander, visiting from Headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, donned a Texas Rangers cap for the special event hosted by the city of Surprise. “It is an honor to have our Air Force…

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Nation urged to advance cause

Posted  March 31, 2012

Each year, the president, along with local government officials, proclaims the month of April to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month, the nation is urged to rally together against the growing epidemic of child abuse and to initiate and participate in programs and activities that help prevent and treat abuse as well…

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AFSO21 works on reducing ER visits

Posted  March 31, 2012

Tricare Regional Office West recently identified Luke as having one of the highest emergency room visit rates in Tricare’s western region. Because of the high number of emergency room visits, which average 800 to 900 a month and cost roughly $500,000 during that time, the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century set out…

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Air Force News March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

Maryland Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley highlighted cyberspace as an important Air Force priority and joint force enabler during remarks to Airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members March 23 at the Air Force Association’s 2012 CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor. Afghanistan The massive golf-ball looking object perched on…

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People First March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 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. Air Force…

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Street Beat March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 16 through 22: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two moving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 19: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in Bldg. 339. There were no injuries. March 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in…

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