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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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Sports Shorts – December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Jingle bell run The jingle bell 1.5-mile fun run is 7 a.m. Dec. 20 and begins at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. There will be awards for first through third-place male and female finishers and best-dressed squadron, prizes, and refreshments. For more information, call 623-856-6241.   Red eye open The red eye open…

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History buffs

Posted  December 6, 2013

Members of the 56th Range Management Office Environmental Sciences Management, with naturalist and historian Bill Broyles, conduct a survey for historical artifacts Nov. 7 along a roadway in the East Tactical Range at the Barry M. Goldwater Range-East. Cultural and natural resource surveys are required before a new road may be opened for official administrative…

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AETC announces winners

Posted  December 6, 2013

The following unit won a 2013 Air, Education and Training Command best maintenance unit award for the fourth year in a row: Maj. Gen. Clements McMullen Weapons System Maintenance Daedalian Award 56th Maintenance Group

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Luke has perfect air permit inspection

Posted  December 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann An F-16 model sits in the foreground of a clear Arizona sky Nov. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. The base recently received its air permit inspection which evaluates about 465 pieces of air emitting equipment listed in Luke AFB’s Title V air operating permit. The base received a perfect rating,…

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How do we lead?

Posted  December 6, 2013

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “Independence Day” was the motivational speech by actor Bill Pullman. My wife pokes fun at me as I stop to watch it every time it comes on. As the president eloquently bellows his closing line, “Today is our Independence Day,” the background music builds to a perfectly…

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CDC caregivers recognized for years of service

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, left, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, pose with child caregivers Nov. 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The women were awarded for more than 20 years of dedicated service to the CDC. Caring for children from…

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Mentorship: Not just senior NCO thing

Posted  December 6, 2013

When people talk about mentorship, they may think of a senior NCO guiding an NCO or an Airman. However, this should not always be the case. Mentorship can occur at any level and is a useful tool for all Airmen. A mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced…

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Call signs represent more than name

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Then Capt. Sean “LOBO” Canfield, now a major and the 62nd Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, smiles in February 2002 at Nellis Air Force Base after performing a re-enlistment ceremony for his brother, Staff Sgt. Clark Canfield. Sean Canfield’s call sign was the result of an incident with his dogs and his…

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News Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 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…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 6, 2013

Senior Airman Houston Brittain 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Avionics journeyman Hometown: Tahlequah, Okla. Years in service: Two years Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied science in professional aeronautics Goals: Finish my degree and obtain an airframe and power plant license Greatest feat: I read 255 books in the fifth grade and received a trophy…

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