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Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Air Force

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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MARCY COPELAND Local

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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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

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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LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Air Force

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…


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Salutes & Awards

AFRC announces O-5 selects

Posted  August 30, 2013

The following Air Force Reserve majors were selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: 944th Operations Group Shawn Ortiz 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Richard Valdes 69th Fighter Squadron Keith Gempler Jon Giulietti Chad Jennings Peter Scholl David Scott Rodney Thurman Edsel Wooten II 924th Fighter Group Brian Cusson 45th FS Scott Petts Joseph Rucker 307th FS…

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This week in history

Posted  August 30, 2013

Aug. 25, 1953: Peacemaker becomes flying aircraft carrier The Air Force announced Aug. 25, 1953, that the Convair B-36 Peacemaker had become a “flying aircraft carrier” that could launch and recover Republic F-84 Thunderjet aircraft. It’s hard to believe this story began with the German Blitz of England in 1940 to 1941. England took such…

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Health & Safety

Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  August 30, 2013

Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington, 56th Medical Operations Squadron…

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From court to cockpit, vice wing commander brings A-Game

Posted  August 30, 2013

Col. Jeremy Sloane, who last month took over as the new vice wing commander at Luke Air Force Base, has always been a high achiever. As a basketball star at Federal Way High School, Wash., he set the all-time school record for points scored. Two players have since broken that record, and both went on…

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News Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  August 30, 2013

Undergrad flying training applications due in Nov. Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Nov. 29 to be considered by the UFT selection board, which convenes Jan. 14, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The board will review candidates for fiscal year 2014/2015 training requirements in the pilot, remotely piloted…

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ITT opens new annex at base exchange

Posted  August 30, 2013

For those who like to explore or like to travel, there is a place on Luke Air Force Base that offers military personnel and affiliates discounts on tickets, airfare and more. The 56th Force Support Squadron opened an Information, Tickets and Travel satellite office Saturday at the base exchange to provide Airmen with a convenient…

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Airmen build opportunity to combine volunteerism, learning

Posted  August 30, 2013

The 944th Civil Engineer Squadron seized another opportunity to provide training for their Airmen and contribute to the Luke Air Force Base community during the August Unit Training Assembly. Senior Airman Donald McGuire, 944th CES structure specialist, became the driving force for two major projects at the Luke Air Force Base Airman’s Attic, a nonprofit…

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Airmen take flight … Free fall into adventure

Posted  August 30, 2013

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Yadira Chaidez, 56th MDOS aerospace medical technician, performs a tandem skydive with an instructor. Imagine boarding an aircraft and exiting midflight. The plane climbs and levels out at 13,000 feet for passengers to embark on a journey. Twelve Luke Airmen took to the skies Aug. 17 to participate in a…

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‘On the Road’

Posted  August 30, 2013

Few books have meant as much to me as “On the Road,” Jack Kerouac’s sensational novel about his friendships and adventures in late 1940s America. I was 19 when I read it the first time, and it deeply resonated with me as it has for so many other readers over the past half century since…

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‘Short Term 12’

Posted  August 30, 2013

Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” is a simple film – short, concise and gut-wrenchingly real. At roughly an hour and half long, you find yourself completely engrossed in the nocuous youth led by Grace (Brie Larson) and the rest of the 20-something staff members at a short-term foster-care facility – hence the title. Grace,…

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