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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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Fly Over: ‘Saints and Soldiers’, and ‘Windtalkers’

Posted  November 8, 2013

On DVD: ‘Saints and Soldiers’ Many World War II movies have been produced since the actual war. This makes sense, of course, when one realizes how important that time was for the world as well as the individual. Despite some hiccups, 2005’s straight-to-DVD “Saints and Soldiers” does a good job at showing both of these,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 8, 2013

It is reported that after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited the home of a Kentucky lady. During the visit she took Lee to the remains of a grand old tree in front of her house. As they stood looking at the tree, she bitterly cried that its limbs and trunk had been destroyed…

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Street Beat – November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 26 through Nov. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 27: Security forces received a call from the Department of Public Safety regarding an active-duty member in critical condition due to a vehicle rollover from a suspected tire blowout…

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Sports Shorts – November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

607th ACS wins two-day softball game Senior Airman Grace Lee Second Lt. Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron Logistics Flight officer in-charge, attempts to dodge a tag from Master Sgt. Mark Tombley, 607th Air Control Squadron Formal Training flight chief, while running to third base Monday during a softball game at the Luke Air Force…

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Legendary squadron reactivated

Posted  November 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, left, 56th Operation Group commander, unfurls the 61st Fighter Squadron banner with incoming commander Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, during the reactivation ceremony Oct. 25. The 61st FS will be Luke Air Force Base’s first squadron to fly the F-35A Lightning II. Luke Air Force Base marked an…

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Transformational leader promotes change

Posted  November 1, 2013

The many dramatic changes and challenges we face today, such as shifting demographics, diversity, international relations, political struggles, innovations in technology, threats to the environment and economy, call for a more proactive or transformational leader who motivates workers to perform beyond expectations. The measure by which leaders are considered transformational is based on their ability…

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Do more with less

Posted  November 1, 2013

In preparing to write this article, I searched for a quote that I believe exemplifies work ethic. Sam Ewing once said, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” I’ve served in many leadership positions. From frontline supervisor to…

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Longest-serving Air Force civil servant retires

Posted  November 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Dorothy Rowe, 56th Comptroller Squadron chief financial analyst, poses for a photo in 1979. She retires Tuesday as the longest serving civil servant working for the Air Force. Most dream of crossing the retirement finish line after 20 to 35 years of service. For one civil servant, her date of retirement after 70…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Retiree Appreciation Day The 56th Fighter Wing Retiree Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Club Five Six. Health education booths, flu shots, Veterans Affairs and state information, refreshments, prizes and grab bags are included. For more information, call Capt. Melissa Parra at 623-856-9045. Health expo, golf tourney, car show The 56th Medical…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Michelle Justiniani 56th Operations Support Squadron Air traffic control apprentice Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif. Years in service: One Education: Golden West College, basic public safety dispatcher and criminal justice studies certification, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications Inspirations: Jesus, my strength and guidance; husband, Michael, challenges me to expand my horizons;…

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