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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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Justice Report

Posted  July 18, 2014

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for June: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for the use of marijuana. The member received a reduction to the rank to senior airman, suspended forfeiture of $1,213 pay per month for…

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Sports Shorts – July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 2014

Basketball camp teaches more than game Story and photo by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Kids hustle to catch a rebound during a rebound training exercise July 10 at the Tom Kuyper Summer Basketball Camp at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. Children participated in the annual Tom Kuyper Summer Basketball Camp…

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Bronze Star goes to Luke Airman for actions in Afghanistan

Posted  July 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Master Sgt. Nathan La Rue, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions conventional maintenance NCO in charge, poses with his daughter, Hailey Brianne La Rue, 4, after pinning his Bronze Star Medal on her for “safe keeping.” La Rue’s actions during his Afghanistan deployment earned him the medal which was presented June 18…

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Construction, ongoing condition at Luke AFB

Posted  July 11, 2014

When road construction takes place on Luke Air Force Base, there’s a lot of planning and preparation that happens before the millions of dollars of construction work can begin. Posturing projects for construction at appropriate days and times takes a lot of communication and coordination. Proper use of funding drives the execution of construction projects,…

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Adaptability a ‘must’ in today’s Air Force

Posted  July 11, 2014

Three years ago, I entered the Air Force as a general dentist. After completing four challenging years of dental school, I was eager to serve in the Air Force and use my newly developed skills to provide quality care to Airmen. What I quickly came to realize was the misconception that dentistry would be my…

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Military life requires balancing act

Posted  July 11, 2014

Answering the call to duty and being in the military is no easy task. Many sacrifice so much serving our country. This all goes hand-in-hand with the core value of “service before self.” I think we could all agree the biggest sacrifice made is the time taken away from family, friends and personal time. It…

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Luke Airman warrior on two fronts

Posted  July 11, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Maintenance Group aircraft armament specialist, shows off his double striped purple belt for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as his entire collection of gold, silver and bronze medals June 17 at Luke Air Force Base. Manglona started his career six years ago earning medals and awards from…

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News Briefs July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Joshua White 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Occupational health NCO-in-charge Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Angela Education: Pursuing a public health bachelor’s degree at Wayland Baptist University Previous assignments: Andersen Air Base, Guam; Kadena AB, Japan, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri Inspirations: My dad for being a good role model,…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  July 11, 2014

ALS graduates 32 senior airmen The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 32 senior airmen June 26 from Class 14-5. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jaimie Fleming, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Distinguished graduates: Richard Sparkman and Wesley Wagner, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Commandant’s Award: Orlando Calzadillas, 161st Security Forces Squadron Academic…

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