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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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People First – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. National Parks free…

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Air Force News – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force conducts around clock ops to deliver storm relief Airmen and transport aircraft from across the nation converged at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Nov. 1 to begin part of the Air Force’s movement of relief supplies and equipment to the beleaguered areas of New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane…

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Street Beat – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 26 to Nov. 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and two non-moving violations. Traffic related incidents Oct. 31: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the BX parking lot. There were no injuries. Oct. 31: Security forces…

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Teaching children attitude of gratitude

Posted  November 9, 2012

Some parents may reach out this time of year to teach their children to be thankful knowing that being thankful is a year-round activity. But, Thanksgiving is a good time to kick-off a time for learning and practicing thankfulness that will last beyond the holiday season. To improve an attitude of gratitude: Give a thankful…

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Exchange to open at 4 a.m. on ‘Black Friday’

Posted  November 9, 2012

Military shoppers can come early and gobble up the savings as the Luke AFB Exchange will open its doors 4 a.m. Nov. 23 for “Black Friday” sales. “From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving,” said Pete Alaniz, Base Exchange general manager. “The day after is the unofficial holiday season for many exchange shoppers. The deals…

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Renters’ rights spelled out in tenant act

Posted  November 9, 2012

When entering and exiting a lease, it is important to know what tenants’ rights are in Arizona, especially when it comes to security deposits. According to the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, a landlord cannot demand or receive a security deposit in excess of one and a half months’ rent unless the tenant agrees…

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Library perks up offerings

Posted  November 9, 2012

There are plenty of changes happening at the Luke Air Force Base Library. Part of the library’s Main Reading Room was recently modified to make room for a “Laptop Lounge” complete with comfortable chairs, study tables, vending machines and, of course, Wi-Fi. Members can study, relax or make use of the multiple media the library…

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Back from the depths: Court martial, jail time, return to duty – What I learned through it all

Posted  November 9, 2012

When the military judge told my defense counsel and me to stand for the announcement of my sentence, my heart stopped, and my stomach sank. I thought about my son, my brothers and my fellow Airmen. I hoped and prayed that my 18 years of service were not about to end. And I felt sadness…

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Airman receives medal

Posted  November 9, 2012

  Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents Staff Sgt. Benjamin Lemus, 56th Medical Group optometry technician, with an Achievement Medal Nov. 2 at Luke Air Force Base. During the 2012 Men’s Health Expo, Lemus’ observations and early surgical intervention recommended for a patient helped save the patient’s vision. This was Rothstein’s first…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

 Senior Airman Grant Shoemaker 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew chief Hometown: Seattle Years in service: Four Family: Father, John; mother, Heidi; and brother, Kurt Previous assignments: Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: To be the best I can be Goals: Be successful, rich, travel the world and complete a crazy bucket list with a friend,…

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