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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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The dirty dollar

Posted  December 13, 2013

Have you ever glanced down at the ground to see the distinct green of a crisp, clean dollar bill? I am willing to bet if you did, you would have picked it up. The question is if that dollar was crumpled up and dirty, would you have picked it up anyway? Would you have straightened…

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LRS refuels German C-160

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo A German C-160 aircraft sits at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport Nov 14. Senior Airman Kyle Barna and Staff Sgt. Tabius Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, were dispatched to refuel the aircraft and support the German air force who conducts basic flight training there. Airmen from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight…

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Entering Air Force same as joining new family

Posted  December 13, 2013

Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Oumaima Lehnoud, 56th Security Forces Squadron security patrol and entry controller, guides a vehicle through the South Gate search pit Nov. 12 on Luke Air Force Base. Taking a step to “cross into the blue” can be intimidating, exciting and full of unknowns, but once in, it not only brings…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

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

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  December 13, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams 61st Fighter Squadron Aviation resource management Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business Inspirations: My family and friends Goals: Complete a master’s degree in education Famous last words: “Never give up!” Off-duty interests: Skiing, reading, spending time with friends Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Williams has…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  December 13, 2013

AETC announces yearly SFS awards The following individuals are 2013 AETC Security Forces individual award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Ann Sweigart Civilian: Loran Allen Annual, quarterly staff agency winners named Fighter Wing staff agencies The following individuals are annual award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Jenna Sarvinski, Public Affairs NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson, Information…

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This week in history

Posted  December 13, 2013

1973: YF-16 rolls out General Dynamic (now Lockheed-Martin) rolled out the first YF-16 prototype aircraft 40 years ago today from its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. Tail number 72-1567 was to compete with the YF-17 in a fly-off. The winner would win the contract to replace the aging Republic F-105 Thunderchief and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom…

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Active-shooter exercise front, center next week

Posted  December 13, 2013

You’re conducting business as usual, shopping at the commissary or waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist in the Medical Clinic. Suddenly, gunshots ring out and you hear screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday to test military…

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Thunderbirds to headline Luke open house March 15-16

Posted  December 13, 2013

Luke AFB will host “Luke Days 2014,” an open house and air show, March 15 and 16, 2014. The U.S. Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will headline the weekend’s activities with performances both days. A static display of Luke’s newest aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II, should also be available for viewing. Previous…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 13, 2013

• Military annual leave, or ordinary leave, begins and ends in the local area. All supervisors should ensure that leave is charged for duty days and nonduty days (for example, Friday through Monday) when members take leave on the day before and the day after nonduty days. This applies to leave taken in the local…

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