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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 Falcons make Defender’s Cup quarter-finals

Posted  September 14, 2012

The Falcons Football Club, Luke Air Force Base’s varsity soccer team, recently participated in the Defender’s Cup, a joint-service tournament hosted every year in September by Joint Base San Antonio at the Star Soccer Complex.

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Air Force News – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development Air Force officials began their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Monday, an instrumental step in beginning Joint Strike Fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the…

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Luke maintainers getting future experience first-hand

Posted  September 14, 2012

When the Air Force announced Luke Air Force Base as the next training location for F-35A Lightning IIs, maintainers temporarily assigned here began to feel like they were already in the future environment.

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  September 14, 2012

Honoring a hero…… Capt. Andrew Hoeffler, right, 56th Medical Operations Squadron family nurse practitioner, is awarded the John Davis Jr. Award Aug. 31 for Valor by Geoffrey Heard, Arizona Black Law Enforcement Officer president, during the ABLE 2012 Criminal Justice Conference in Phoenix. The award is presented to a local citizen in recognition of an…

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Thunderbolt of the week – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

Senior Airman Benjamin McCloud 607th Air Control Squadron Transmission Systems technician Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Years in service: Two Family: Wife, Ashley; sons, Caleb and Ian Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems principles and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management Inspirations: My father who dedicated 23 years to the Army and…

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In Brief – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Bryant Fitness Center gym. Active shooter exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a base-wide active-shooter exercise Sept. 27. Community residents and visitors to the base should expect disruptions, gate closures,…

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OG commander goes from fan to flier

Posted  September 14, 2012

He grew up living under the flight path of jets heading to the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl for a high-speed flyby. As a teenager, he spent time fishing in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains watching fighter jets screaming overhead at more than 500 miles per hour, just 100 feet off the ground.

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CGOC, commissioning opportunities to be had

Posted  September 14, 2012

A question often asked of company grade officers is “What was the path you took to receive your commission, and what did that commissioning source entail?” Some are parents with children interested in pursuing a commission in the Air Force, others ask on behalf of friends and others are interested in applying. Whatever the reason,…

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 14, 2012

As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the base exchange. I finally decided on a very…

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CFC: small donations turn into big $$

Posted  September 14, 2012

Every year one event comes around for seven weeks that helps federal employees donate to charities. The program is the Combined Federal Campaign and is scheduled to kickoff Monday and run through Nov. 9. During the campaign, representatives from each squadron, called key workers, will contact people in their unit to talk about how to…

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