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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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Copying military identification cards prohibited by law

Posted  March 26, 2012

Has anyone ever requested a photocopy of your military photo identification card? Did you know that photocopying any type of federal government ID card may be prohibited by law under TITLE 18 U.S.C. § 701: U.S. Code. The law states: “Whoever manufactures, sells or possesses any badge, identification card or other insignia of the design…

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Fly Over: Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty

Posted  May 18, 2012

Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty! While it looks more like a trendy Manhattan martini bar than a burger joint its offerings are definitely tailored toward burger blue bloods. The restaurant is located in Peoria in the Park West shopping center at the corner of 99th Ave. and Northern, directly across from…

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sergeant Roger Tremblay 56th Training Squadron/OLB NCOIC of Weapons and Tactics Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Savanna; Daughters, Ansley and Emery Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle…

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Fly Over: ‘Blue Valentine’

Posted  June 8, 2012

If you’re a newlywed in the throes of a blissfully romantic honeymoon phase, optimistic about finding your soul mate amongst the billions populating planet Earth, in the process of courting a potential significant other or simply a romantic at heart who still clings to the notion that finding ever-lasting love is somehow more likely than…

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56th CONS civilian salutes military father’s lessons

Posted  June 15, 2012

When I was a senior in high school, my father served as the Hill Air Force Base commander. Understandably, the unwelcomed public scrutiny of a teenager’s life that occurs when your father is the base commander naturally created tension at times. As my father approaches his 80th birthday though, my reflection on that period provides…

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Program enables disabled to serve on base

Posted  August 17, 2012

With the economy struggling, it’s competitive enough for those without a disability to find a job. Fortunately, there is a program available that helps nonprofit organizations hire disabled workers....

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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Baby needs new shoes

Posted  March 26, 2012

Retired Senior Master Sgt. George Casillas throws the dice March 16 during a game of craps at casino night at Club Five Six. Casino night is held a few times a year and offers games such as craps, black jack, Texas hold ‘em and roulette. Prizes ranged from $50 gift cards to a TV.

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I scream, you scream …

Posted  March 26, 2012

Jake Alefosio, 3, son of 1st Lt. Jeremiah Alefosio, 56th Logistic Readiness Squadron, holds a bag of ice cream mixture over his head during an ice cream making event March 16 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. The Hearts Apart program sponsored the event, which provides free services for family…

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Air Force Assistance Fund campaign launches Monday

Posted  March 26, 2012

The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs Monday through May 4 at Luke Air Force Base­­­­­­­­­­­. The annual campaign collects donations to support the Air Force Aid Society’s various charitable programs. The AFAS assisted more than 40,000 Air Force members and their families in 2011 with almost $18 million in assistance. The sudden need…

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