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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 – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

“Don’t you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson As people of faith, I would argue that faith must be put into action or it is not really faith. An old song tells us that faith without action “is about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.”

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AGE Flight reaps benefits of AFSO21

Posted  April 13, 2012

56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight recently took a closer look at the periodic inspection process with the use of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century tools and lean principles.

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Early retirement offered to select enlisted Airmen

Posted  April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced an application window for targeted early retirements for enlisted Airmen. Eligible Airmen will have 15 to 19 years of service in fiscal 2012 and be in the grades of staff sergeant through master sergeant in overmanned career fields. The temporary early retirement authority application window opened Thursday and will…

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Fallen warriors

Posted  April 13, 2012

March of the Fallen participants carry weighted ruck sacks four and-a-half miles March 31 at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Ruck sacks weighed 45 to 75 pounds, according to competition categories, for the 40 participants. Each meter walked represented military members who have fallen since 9/11. More than $1,500 from the March of the…

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News Briefs – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

Commander’s call Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, is holding two commander’s calls at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday at the Luke Air Force Base fitness center. Load crew competition The 56th Fighter Wing will hold the quarterly loading competition at 10 a.m. and noon today in Bldg. 485 (weapons standardization facility)….

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Air Force Week kicks off in New York City
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Air Force expands drug testing to include abused prescription drugs

Posted  April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Air Force and other military services will expand their drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs beginning May 1. On Jan. 31, the secretary of defense gave a 90-day advance notice of the drug testing expansion which aims to counter the nation’s…

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Health & Safety

Ten grand to cure acne?

Posted  April 13, 2012

The other day I was sifting through a stack of mail at home and noticed a letter from TriWest. It turned out to be an Explanation of Benefits from my kid’s recent trip to the neighborhood pharmacy. Most people probably don’t open them — much less read the fine print — on these statements, but…

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Home of the brave

Posted  April 13, 2012

The 310th Fighter Squadron Top Hats perform a flyover at Chase Field for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home opener against the San Francisco Giants. The Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard also participated in the game’s opening by displaying the colors during the national anthem. The formation pilots and the supervisor of flying, who directed the…

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AFRC leader gets down to business in fighter country

Posted  April 13, 2012

Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, Air Force Reserve Command commander, visited the 944th Fighter Wing April 1 at Luke Air Force Base. Stenner used his time at Luke to discuss business with Col. Jose Monteagudo, 944th FW commander, and his senior leadership team. The major command commander…

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Sports Shorts April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Warrior PT challenge The 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center is holding a Warrior PT Challenge 6 a.m. to noon May 4 at the ability to survive and operate center. Four-member teams will compete for a $10 entry fee. For more information or to sign up, call (623) 856-2291.    Summer, fall leagues forming Adult…

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