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Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots. For story and more photos, see Page 12.

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Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-16 Fighting Falcon and landed it safely after an internal malfunction occurred during a training mission over Luke. Capt….

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EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often what make us who we are, alter our path in life and change our future. For Tech Sgt. David Gerig, 56th Civil Engineer…

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Helping people goal of CPTS Airman

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Scott Giles, left, 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, holds “trumpet in flight” at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Giles now helps new Airmen in-process to Luke Air Force Base as a finance technical advisor. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the…

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Your heart in good hands

As one walks through the medical clinic on Luke Air Force Base, it seems a typical clinic with a laboratory, military doctors and even a Women’s Health Clinic, but a small shop hiding in the corridor treats one of the most important parts of the human body – the heart.


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Luke’s History – EXTREME weather …

Posted  March 15, 2013

Intense storms caused the Dysart Drainage Canal north of base to overflow Oct. 20, 1992, which resulted in more than $3 million in damages to base housing. The base flooded because of land subsiding 17 feet due to long-term pumping of ground water used by the base and local farmers.   Heavy rains flooded Luke…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 15, 2013

“No man can safely be a superior but he who learns to live in subjection. No man can safely command but he who hath learned how to obey well.” ~ Thomas Kempis A presidential advisor was seated at a state dinner and caught a side glance of blue trousers with yellow stripes nearby. The serving staff…

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Oct. 7: Dream date, evening on the town offered Luke, Willie Airmen

Posted  March 15, 2013

Circa 1955, From the pages of the Jet Sun A beautiful girl, an afternoon and evening of dining and dancing, a new car to drive, with all expenses paid. What more could an Airman ask for? All he need ask for is the pleasure of escorting a lovely lass on this fabulous date. It’s all…

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Fly Over: ‘Dr. No’, ‘The Sound of Music’

Posted  March 15, 2013

On BluRay / DVD: ‘Dr. No’ 007’s first big-screen adventure   In honor of this week’s Thunderbolt history edition and the recent release of “Skyfall” on Bluray and DVD, I decided to write a review on the first James Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). Ian Fleming introduced James Bond to the world in a series…

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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted  March 15, 2013

In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service.

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F-35 Lightning II: Q and A

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB expects to do some flying and informal training a month or so after the first F35 arrives, with formal syllabus training is likely to begin in late 2014 or early 2015....

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Street Beat – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations March 1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 1: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 400. There were no injuries. March 2: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident…

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AF first female fighter pilot continues to break stereotypes

Posted  March 15, 2013

After Col. Jeannie Leavitt finished pilot training at the top of her class in 1992, she was given her first choice of aircraft, with a few restrictions. Her first choice, the F-15 Strike Eagle, wasn’t yet an option for female pilots.

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Squadron symbols embrace significance

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force shields and symbols are created to identify and set apart each organization and convey a specific meaning created to describe the purpose, warrior ethos and passion to complete the mission of that organization. These are just a few from the 56th Fighter Wing....

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944th FW closes chapter in history

Posted  March 15, 2013

Sends remaining F-16 Fighting Falcons to other locations, assignments Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base bid farewell Feb. 12, 2007, to the last three F-16s after almost 20 years. The unit’s F-16s are being reassigned to other locations on the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure. “This is like…

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