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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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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 1, 2013

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank While traveling, Joe bought a small bag of cookies from the airport snack shop. He found his gate, sat down and took his laptop out of his backpack. A little while later a gentleman came and sat down…

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Fly Over: ‘12 Years a Slave’, and ‘Carrie’

Posted  November 1, 2013

In theaters: ’12 Years a Slave’ “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen, is one of those movies I’m glad I saw, but wouldn’t necessarily want to see again anytime soon. The film is based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man from the north who was kidnapped and sold into…

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Nature enthusiasts gather for festival

Posted  November 1, 2013

Ten Luke Air Force Base Airmen volunteered for the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival Oct. 26 at the convergence of the three rivers, Gila, Salt and Aqua Fria.

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Street Beat – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 19 through 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and two non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 20: Security forces assisted a civilian after a major vehicle accident which took place on 135th Avenue and damaged the west perimeter wall of Ocotillo Housing. The…

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Commander’s cup up for grabs

Posted  November 1, 2013

Stretching out to catch a fly ball, diving on the court for a loose ball or catching the game-winning touchdown pass is just some of what a player may need to do for his squadron to win points for the commander’s cup. With two months left in the year, squadrons are separating themselves from the…

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Sports Shorts – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Yotes visit Luke Senior Airman David Owsianka Senior Airman Jesse Cherry, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Ivan Lewis, 756th AMXS weapons load crew chief, speak with Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes right wing and team captain, Monday during a meet-and-greet on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Several Coyotes players toured…

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Stay safe this Halloween

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE FROM LEFT: Natalia Cardona, 3, Olivia Cardona, 6, and Aleksandra Cardona, spouse of Tech. Sgt. Cayetano Cardona, 56th Maintenance Group programs NCO in charge, look at Halloween costumes Oct. 16 at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. To keep children safe while trick-or-treating, children under age 12 should be accompanied by an…

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Airman’s Creed: What does it mean?

Posted  October 25, 2013

We have all found ourselves standing at promotion ceremonies and other military functions where we as a group recite the Airman’s Creed. But why do we say the Airman’s Creed? Better yet, what does it mean? To understand the why, we need to understand what a creed is. A creed is a system of guiding…

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Lead with passion

Posted  October 25, 2013

There are many avenues that individuals may take in order to lead their flock in a desired direction. However, not all paths create the same anticipated effect. We have all heard of the “21 Qualities of a Leader” or “The Pathway to Leadership,” and they both have similar suggested attributes to becoming a successful leader….

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LRS Airmen keep sweepers on streets

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airman 1st Class Michael Shirley, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron maintenance mechanic journeyman, fixes a crank shaft seal Wednesday in the vehicle maintenance building. To ensure pilots can successfully complete missions, we often think of the areas of training, fuel or maintenance. One area mostly likely not thought of is the three…

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