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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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56th FW Command Priorities

Posted  September 27, 2013

Mission Luke Air Force Base must produce the world’s best F-16 fighter pilots while also deploying Airmen trained and ready to fight ongoing combat operations.   Leadership We must consciously develop our officer, enlisted and civilian Airmen into leaders. The true strength of America’s airpower is not in our equipment, but rather in the minds,…

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Capt. Pete Fernandez: Hispanic-American Ace

Posted  September 27, 2013

Son of the chief radio operator for Pan American World Airways, Capt. Manuel “Pete” Fernandez grew up immersed in aviation and earned his private pilot’s license at 15.

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Luke Book Group enjoy lively discussions

Posted  September 27, 2013

In the middle of the day, people from all walks of life gather at the Luke library for some fun. In a circle surrounded by books and enough information for the most avid reader, the Luke Book Group for adults meets up to enjoy lively discussions, food and each other’s company.

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Red Cross helps dental profession

Posted  September 27, 2013

A journey that started almost a year ago came to completion Sept. 19 when two Red Cross volunteers finished their training with the 56th Dental Squadron.

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Sports Shorts – September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Lamar Grimes, 56th Force Support Squadron recreation aide, shoots a floater Sept. 17 during the intramural basketball championship game at Luke Air Force Base. Grimes made the shot, adding two points to the FSS score. FSS basketball team wins intramural championship Photo and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th…

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Legislature in session …

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airmen from the medical education and training simulator lab and Arizona state representatives practice self-aid buddy care Sept. 11 on a manikin with a simulated severe injury at the 56th Medical Group ETS lab. The legislators also received a briefing on the state-of-the-art medical technology used to educate Luke Air Force Base Airmen. The legislators…

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LRS prepares to receive next generation aircraft

Posted  September 20, 2013

Many units on base are beginning to change the way they do business as Luke Air Force Base transforms to incorporate the F-35 training mission. One of the units changing is the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management flight. “Not only does the F-35 arrival affect maintenance and operations, but it has a big play…

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There’s value in the struggle

Posted  September 20, 2013

I was watching a video of a motivational speech a few weeks ago and the speaker kept saying the same phrase over and over, “There’s value in the struggle.” In the weeks that have followed, I have found myself echoing those words many times. As an Air Force and a Luke Air Force Base community,…

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Determination

Posted  September 20, 2013

Having a goal and a road map on how to attain that goal is admirable; however, unless there is motivation to continue with that goal, it will fail. Most of us who joined the military did so with a long-term goal in mind. A common reason is the education benefits. Even with the new stipulations…

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Emergency Management Flight: Keeping Thunderbolts at ready

Posted  September 20, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Airmen 1st Class Jacob Brewer, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Management apprentice, examines unexploded ordnance Sept. 10 at the 56th CES REM Flight building. Airmen receive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense survival skill training prior to deploying. September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management…

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