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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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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Barraza 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Information Technician Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Years in service: 10 Family: Husband, Jose; sons, Gabriel, 5 months; and William Holzgartner, 6 Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in munitions systems technology Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Kunsan Air Base, Republic…

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Local Briefs February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in preparation for the TRICARE West transition from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to United Healthcare Military and Veterans. The center is located at the Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Medical Clinic, third floor. Normal operations will resume…

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MLB players join Luke for prayer breakfast

Posted  February 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley FROM LEFT: Major league baseball players Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman; Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Indians third baseman; and Bob Howry, retired Chicago Cubs relief pitcher, talk about their careers and share stories of overcoming obstacles through their faith Jan. 31 at the National Prayer Breakfast at Club Five Six….

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Integrity first to the core

Posted  February 8, 2013

Integrity: the first in line of the three Air Force Core Values. This value is inscribed into every Airman from day one of basic military training. According to Webster’s Dictionary, it is an “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character, and honesty.” We also know it as doing what is right when…

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Who, what do you serve?

Posted  February 8, 2013

How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to these questions, I would submit to…

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EMS wins AF-level award

Posted  February 8, 2013

There are many levels of recognition for Airmen from unit level awards all the way up to Air Force level, and nothing is better than knowing your unit is at the top of the heap. That is how the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron felt Jan. 25 when it was announced they had won the Air…

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EOD Airman receives Purple Heart

Posted  February 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Tech. Sgt. Michael Pasley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal utilities superintendent, receives a Purple Heart at Luke Air Force Base Jan. 31. He received the award for when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle injuring him during a deployment to Afghanistan January 2012. For Tech. Sgt. Michael…

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Sports Shorts – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

Falcons come up short of taking it all Paul Madrid, Falcon catcher, prepares to tag the runner as he slides into home during the fourth inning of the game. Madrid tagged the runner out keeping him from scoring.     Outfielder Alex Hernandez, Luke Air Force Base Falcon, prepares to throw the ball to third…

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Verde Canyon railroad, glimpse of old Southwest

Posted  February 15, 2013

The train crosses a bridge Feb. 9 during the Verde Canyon railroad tour in northern Arizona. The 38-mile trip begins in Clarkdale and goes to the Santa Fe/Burlington Northern track at Drake.     Known for many scenic vistas and glimpses of animal and bird life along the way, the tour offers views of the…

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Fly Over: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, ‘Identity Thief’

Posted  February 15, 2013

In theaters: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Broomstick riders beware Being a big fan of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I was excited to see that they were recreating the old bedtime story “Hansel and Gretel.” I was also curious to see how this film would do after sitting on the shelves for almost two years waiting…

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