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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 – January 25, 2012

Posted  January 25, 2013

“I look upon the spiritual life of the soldier as even more important than his physical equipment … the heart, spirit and soul are everything.” ~ Gen. George C. Marshall I encourage you to read Psalm 91 which is often referred to as the “Soldier’s Psalm;” it is more than good enough for Airmen too….

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Call to action – Three ways to combat sexual assault

Posted  January 25, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas — While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, “Will my…

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People First – January 25, 2012

Posted  January 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. Nonvolunteer MTI…

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Air Force News – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

GI Bill education transfer incurs 4 years for Airmen When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2- or 3-year active-duty service commitment. That phase-in period expired July 31, 2012, and all active-duty Airmen now incur a four-year ADSC, said Bruce…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  January 25, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situation from Jan. 11 through 17: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot adjacent to Fighter Country Inn. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses Jan. 11: Security…

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Keeping New Year’s resolution calls for plan

Posted  January 25, 2013

For some people waking up on New Year’s Day means a fresh start. For others, it may feel like there is a lot of work ahead, especially if they’ve made a New Year’s resolution. The Examiner reported that American’s top three goals for 2013 are sticking to a budget, getting in better shape and developing…

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Portion control #1 for losing weight

Posted  January 25, 2013

You’ve changed the foods you eat to include more fruits and veggies. You’ve cut back on the soda and you’ve started exercising three times a week. And yet, you’re not losing weight … or at least, you’re not losing enough. Why? It really all boils down to two very small, but significant words: portion control….

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Servant-leadership style worthwhile, effective

Posted  January 25, 2013

I’ve spent 21 years in the military, serving as both an enlisted member and an officer. I’ve seen “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of leadership styles. However, the most worthwhile and effective styles of leadership I’ve seen is the servant leader. I have read many books on the servant leader style, and I…

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Not too late to stop flu

Posted  January 25, 2013

Every year, especially during winter, people get sick from the flu, but there are ways to lower one’s chances of getting sick and speed the healing process. “The seasonal flu is from a strain or strains of the influenza virus that causes a contagious respiratory illness infecting the nose, throat and lungs,” said Rachel Perkins-Garner,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Chynna Smith 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Management Hometown: Vancouver, Wash. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Todd and Cindy; and sisters, Cassandra, Sage and Jeni Inspirations: My parents; they’ve shown me nothing is impossible Goals: To complete school and become an officer Greatest feat: Passing my career development course the first…

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