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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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Health & Safety

Street Beat – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and five non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 9: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident near Bldg. 312. There were no injuries. Aug. 12: Security forces responded to a report…

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Sports Shorts – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

Jeremy Martinez, 56th Force Support Squadron, attempts to pass the defender during an intramural basketball game against 56th Medical Group at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. MDG defeated FSS 42-39.   MDG beats FSS The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th Force Support Squadron team for bragging rights during an intramural basketball…

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Health & Safety

Flight medicine keeps pilots fit-to-fly

Posted  August 16, 2013

Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Jovanny Reyes, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron aerospace medicine technician, takes the vitals of Capt. George Normandin, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, Aug. 9 at flight medicine on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen with the 56th AMDS are responsible for ensuring all aviation-associated personnel are taken care of medically. To ensure the…

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Back-to-school time as children hit streets

Posted  August 16, 2013

Every August, thousands of children ages 5 to 18 begin once again using the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session, which means those morning and afternoon hours will be filled with school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for children,” said Ben Bruce,…

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Lesson learned from bag of peanuts

Posted  August 16, 2013

Life lessons are sometimes learned in the most unexpected places. Like most, I’ve worked for and learned from leaders and mentors with different leadership styles. I’ve learned that there is a time and place for all styles of leadership. However, John Maxwell was spot on in his “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” when he stated…

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Take early, active role in career … it’s yours!

Posted  August 16, 2013

During a recent Luke Air Force Base Top 3 meeting, two chiefs gave a briefing geared toward providing guidance and feedback on the promotion board process of competing for the top two enlisted ranks, senior and chief master sergeant. Promotion selection for these two ranks is a two-phased process consisting of weighted Airmen promotion system…

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Airman loses eye, continues to serve

Posted  August 16, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Delbert Coburn, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, shoots the ball after getting the rebound during an intramural basketball game against the 56th Contracting Squadron team Aug. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Coburn also continues to play softball after losing his left eye. Imagine returning home from a deployment…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

AF ball The Air Force Ball is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Main Ballroom of the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park. Luke Air Force Base members can purchase tickets from their group representative today through Aug. 30. For more information, call 623-856-7009. 607th ACS changes command Lt. Col. Sean Slaughter…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 16, 2013

Senior Airman Wesley Bohde 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman Hometown: New Haven, Ind. Years in service: Three Family: Wife, Emily; mother, Linda; and father, Matthew Education: Pursuing an aerospace maintenance technology degree at Indiana University Inspirations: Making my family proud; they’re excited about what I’m doing Goals: Make staff sergeant the first…

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Using USB devices on base computers big no-no

Posted  August 16, 2013

The first thing that pops up after logging onto a government computer is a message: “Effective immediately, the following removable flash media are unauthorized on all Department of Defense information systems until further notice: memory sticks, thumb drives and camera flash memory cards.” Many people may not read this message and click through the pop-ups…

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