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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 Airman serves as “pest control” to keep down range mission moving

Posted  November 15, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA — Insects, rodents and wildlife at a deployed location can negatively impact the mission, but thanks to the hard work of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pest management shop, these issues are effectively controlled. “We are the pest control for the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Lorie Simpson, 379th ECES pest management…

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This week in history

Posted  November 15, 2013

1918: The war to end all wars Courtesy photo The Armistice, the peace treaty that ended The Great War, was signed in a railroad car outside Versailles, France, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918. The armistice to end World War I went into effect 95 years ago this week at the 11th hour of the…

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Air Force News – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

President Obama, VA secretary pledge support for Veterans President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, calling the holiday a reminder of the nation’s “sacred obligation” to those who have “fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security” throughout America’s history. The United States must never forget those who…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military Leave and Earning Statements LES are available on the DFAS myPay website https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx. Airmen are highly encouraged to review their LES every month to ensure pay and entitlements are correct. Civilian pay period This civilian pay period will close Saturday with a scheduled pay date of Nov. 22. Employees and timekeepers are highly encouraged…

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Carnival of Illusion: An intimate evening with vaudeville

Posted  November 15, 2013

Say the words “magic show” and they conjure up images of children’s parties, rabbits residing in top hats and Vegas performers in sequined outfits.

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Family, priority in native culture

Posted  November 15, 2013

In the military, a last name is a hard thing to get away from. We are trained to refer to people by their rank and last name. In many instances, a last name can offer a glimpse into the heritage of a person, whether it is a common German, Irish or other name. One Airman’s…

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Two thumbs up for red box movie rental kiosk at Luke Exchange

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military families can turn the lights down, the volume up, grab a bag of popcorn and prepare for movie night as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Red Box roll out a new way to rent the hottest movies and video games on military installations. The new offering provides military shoppers with an…

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Street Beat – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 3 through Nov. 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a minor traffic accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle located at Bldg. 586. One individual was pulling…

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T-bolts compete in ‘friendly’ games

Posted  November 15, 2013

Thunderbolts gathered Nov. 8 at venues across Luke Air Force Base to enjoy a day of fun, teamwork and camaraderie during the annual sports day and base picnic.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 15, 2013

John Killinger, a congressman in the mid 1800s, tells about the manager of a minor league baseball team who was so disgusted with his center fielder’s performance that he ordered him to the dugout and assumed the position himself. The first ball that came into center field took a bad hop and hit the manager…

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