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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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Luke pilot breaks 3,000 hours

Posted  March 27, 2012

Soaring above the skies of Luke Air Force Base, a pilot reached a milestone few pilots can claim throughout their careers. Maj. Saxon Yandell, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, reached his 3,000th F-16 flying hour March 15 after 15 years of flying. While attending the U.S. Air Force Academy he wasn’t sure he…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 30, 2012

Combat fitness course There will be a Hand 2 Hand Combative course conducted by Luke Air Force Base and the U.S. Marine Corps personnel stationed at Luke 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 9 through May 11 at the Luke Fitness Center. Commander approval is required. For more information, call (623) 856-4259. Bunny hop fun run The…

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ALS students get hit to be fit

Posted  March 30, 2012

Members of Airman Leadership School Class 12-3 run toward the center of the court to grab the dodgeballs at the start of the game March 22 in the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center gym. Benjamin Gursky, 607th Air Control Squadron, throws a dodgeball at the opposing team during the ALS workout. Gursky successfully eliminated…

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Say no to tobacco

Posted  March 30, 2012

Children participate in activities during Kick Butts Day March 21 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against tobacco use at more than 1,000 events nationwide. The event included a short movie, various displays and guest…

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Luke exchange shoppers get connected for less

Posted  March 30, 2012

The proliferation and popularity of apps on mobile phones continue to grow at an incredible rate. And, according to a recent exchange poll, military members, with their mobile lifestyle, have a higher propensity to use these tools. As a result, their need for the latest in mobile technology is even greater. To meet military consumers’…

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Fly Over: March 30, 2012

Posted  March 30, 2012

Welcome to the Fly Over, Luke’s source for movie, book, video game, music and all things entertainment reviews. Using a four-point scale, the Thunderbolt staff provides in-depth reviews allowing the viewer an opportunity to decide what new and classic entertainment options are worth their time. The Know a Critic section helps the reader choose critics…

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Viking Challenge raises heart rate, money

Posted  March 31, 2012

Viking Challenge participants run a final lap together as a team to end the 10-hour challenge. Twenty teams participated in the annual challenge raising more than $5,500 for the the enlisted scholarship fund. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron team completed 89 miles and won the challenge. Jennifer Shonkwiler, wife of Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Shonkwiler, 309th…

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Room of doom

Posted  March 31, 2012

Ron Martin, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services fire chief, briefs first-term Airmen on how to prevent fire hazards in dorm rooms or in the home. The Room of Doom, a three-section room with areas designated as a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, was created to educate individuals on fire and safety in the home….

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Chaplain thoughts…

Posted  March 31, 2012

“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.”   ~ Sandra Day O’Connor R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Numerous events across our great nation over the past couple of months have put the subject of…

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