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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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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Finance office closed The finance customer service office is closed Nov. 5 and 8 for department functions. For more information, call…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Victoria Edge 56th Maintenance Group Knowledge operations manager Hometown: DeLand, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mikel, husband Inspirations: My grandfather and Dan Troxell, both very hard working, honest men Goals: Be the best person I can be and at what I do Famous last words: “There is always something for which…

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56th MDG Airmen honored at gala

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy photos FROM LEFT: Marian Budnik, Col. Carol Andrews and Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group nurses, were among the finalists last month at the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Caring Spirit, paid tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who have delivered the highest…

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  October 25, 2013

The following individuals are best-of-the-best: Load crew Staff Sgt. Matthew Popp, Senior Airmen Ken Yoshimoto and Airman 1st Class Meiling Keiki, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Dalton McNealy, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooper, 56th AMXS Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Grissom, 56th EMS Maintenance support professional Airman:…

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From Airmen to restaurateurs

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Preston and Donovan Walden, Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill co-owners, stand in front of the restaurant Oct. 11 at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. The brothers are prior active-duty Airmen. They offer military personnel a 15 percent discount on food and beverages. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Donovan…

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Costumes make this a true: Fun Run

Posted  October 25, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts participated in the Ghostly Ghoul 5k Fun Run Oct. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen were encouraged to don their Halloween best during the run. Prizes were given for both the fastest runners and the best costumes. The Turkey Trot 5k fun run is Nov. 22. Photos by Senior…

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Air Force News – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

EPME course return policy explained The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer…

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People First – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

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. AF implements…

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This week in history

Posted  October 25, 2013

The 56th Range Management Office stood up at Luke Air Force Base as a wing staff agency 20 years ago this week.

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Preventing domestic violence up to all

Posted  October 25, 2013

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the first “Day of Unity” to promote the connection of battered women with advocates across the country working toward ending violence against women and children. It was from this event that the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved in October 1987. This month we observe Domestic…

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