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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 – November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Michael Dicicco, left, 56th Security Forces Squadron, guards the base during an intramural sports game at Luke Air Base. Dicicco is actively involved in four sports and encourages his Airmen to get involved too. Sports build better Airman by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs How many multisport athletes…

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Arizona Cardinals visit Luke

Posted  November 15, 2013

Capt. Michael Mickus, 62nd Fighter Squadron scheduling chief, speaks to Arizona Cardinals football players during a meet and greet Nov. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Hangar 913. Cardinals players and cheerleaders visited Luke, received a mission brief and greeted more than 300 Airmen.

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Old fuel tank gets facelift

Posted  November 15, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Ed Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels terminal superintendent, stands above a fuel tank under renovation Oct. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. This JP-8 jet fuel tank is the largest at Luke and was built in the 1940s. The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight is renovating a fuel…

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We all need to be resilient

Posted  November 15, 2013

If you think you’ve had your fair share of resiliency training, I understand, but I urge you to continue reading and take this article as a book review. My hope is that after you’ve read my message, it will convince you to go to the base library to check out a copy of “Unbroken” by…

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Developmental special duty: Are you ready to answer call?

Posted  November 15, 2013

Recently, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody introduced an initiative referred to as “development special duty” that will enhance how we currently develop our enlisted force. Commanders will nominate their best performers to serve in select special duty positions to ensure, as the chief states, “we have the right enlisted Airmen in…

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Fighter pilot goes above, beyond call of duty

Posted  November 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Maj. Adam Thornton, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, stands next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Thornton deployed to Aviano in support of Operation Unified Protector where he received an Air Medal for acts above and beyond the call of duty. “It was dusk, one of the worst times…

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News Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

Holiday hours All vendors in the Exchange and commissary complex will be closed Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Exchange concession hours vary for Nov. 29, 30 and 31. Check with individual vendors. Dorm holiday party The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel and Fighter Country Partnership are hosting a dorm–dwellers holiday party 6 p.m. Dec….

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 15, 2013

Airman 1st Class Christopher Nicolas 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Wife, LeAnn Harris Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My parents proudly wore the uniform and are retired master sergeants Goals: To get senior airman below-the-zone and finish my degree Greatest feat:…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  November 15, 2013

Luke announces wing awards The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Corey Cobb, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Information Protection Senior NCO: Master Sgt. James Castillo Jr., 56th Force Support Squadron Company grade officer: Maj. John Ryan, 310th Fighter Squadron Field…

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Precise measurements mean mission success

Posted  November 15, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Tim Henderson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron precision maintenance equipment laboratory craftsman, looks through an alignment telescope Nov.1 in Bldg. 417 on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen in PMEL calibrate equipment such as torque wrenches, scales and aircraft reference fixtures. At Luke Air Force Base, precision is key to every mission…

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