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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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Salutes & Awards

Day commemorates Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  October 4, 2013

He was 17 years old when he became part of an experiment allowing blacks to fly in the Army Air Forces. What he didn’t know then was he would be a part of history.

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People First – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 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. Single logon…

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Thunderbolts drive to benefit MDA

Posted  October 4, 2013

More than 20 Thunderbolts recently teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise money during this year’s MDA Lockup event in downtown Phoenix. Luke’s Airmen volunteered their time to act as “arresting officers” and transport “jailbirds” to the event site. The event was an opportunity for Airmen to help the local community, according…

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Vegas: Family Friendly

Posted  October 4, 2013

Popular culture has painted an image of Las Vegas as an adult playground filled with booze, exotic dancers and mobsters.

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This Week in History: October 4

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Frank Luke Jr. Sept. 29, 1918: Frank Luke Jr. shot down, dies from wounds This week 95 years ago the leading ace of the American Expeditionary Force was killed in combat in northern France during World War I. Frank Luke, Jr., the son of German immigrants, was a 20-year-old Phoenix native. He excelled…

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Many players join Luke in Operation Swift Savior

Posted  October 4, 2013

The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center collaborated to make history Sept. 16 through 20 during Operation Swift Savior, a patient evacuation exercise, at Luke Air Force Base.

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Health & Safety

Enemy among us not apparent

Posted  October 4, 2013

The enemy is out there like a sleepless unstoppable force, ever watchful for an opportunity to strike.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Thomas Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally,…

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Luis Walter Alvarez: Physicist, inventor altered history’s course

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Luis Walter Alvarea Luis Walter Alvarez, a Hispanic-American experimental physicist and inventor, changed the course of human history with his contributions to the fields of aviation and radiation. Alvarez was born on June 13, 1911, and died Sept. 1, 1988. Throughout his 77 years he received many distinguished awards including the Collier Trophy…

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Fly Over: ‘Gravity’, and ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’

Posted  October 4, 2013

In theaters: ‘Gravity’ Beautiful. No adjective appropriately conveys the sense of awe that washes over you while viewing the cinematically brilliant “Gravity.” Alfonso Cuaron’s (“Children of Men”) film is majestic. The CGI and special effects used make 600 kilometers above Earth more surreal than flying caped crusaders. Not since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”…

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