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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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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…

5-Heart Health & Safety

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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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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Go north to discover Bearizona

Posted  August 30, 2013

The American burro is just one of many animals found at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams. Bearizona features a wide variety of North American animals. Visitors can experience a scenic three-mile drive in their own vehicle and observe animals in a natural environment. A black bear cub shakes its fur after jumping into a…

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Duck pilots share stories with WWII vet

Posted  August 23, 2013

Courtesy photo 1st Lts. Brian Herring and Joshua Rosecrans, 309th Fighter Squadron student pilots, pose for a photo with Albert Winston, World War II pilot, Aug. 3 at his home in Peoria. The pilots visited and shared stories with Winston in celebration of his 90th birthday. It was a day to remember for Albert Winston,…

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What’s in a name? Power, pride, identity

Posted  August 23, 2013

Was Shakespeare mistaken when he wrote the above words for Juliet to speak? Studies have shown there is preference in a name. Attractive or popular names affect our attitudes and expectations about their owners. It may also lead to high self-esteem and high self-esteem yields achievement motivation. People can be partial to their alma mater,…

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Fitness Air Force way of life – live it!

Posted  August 23, 2013

Physical fitness has become a huge part of the Air Force way of life. The Air Force has taken it so seriously that four failed fitness assessments in a 24-month period will force the commander to recommend discharge or retention of an Airman. It has become increasingly difficult to retain an Airman who continues to…

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Bartenders get bystander intervention training

Posted  August 23, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Mibong Dewhurst, left, Club Five Six bartender, observes three role players acting out a sexual harassment scenario Aug. 14 at Club Five Six. The bartenders at Club Five Six received bystander intervention training in an effort to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen from the 56th…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 23, 2013

Senior Airman Jeanette Backhaus 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory Journeyman Hometown: Las Vegas Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Dustin and daughter, Sasha Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: Jane Goodall Goals: Obtain a medical laboratory technician certification; become an officer Greatest feat: Scoring 92.3 on the physical training…

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Health & Safety

Med group rewards physical fitness

Posted  August 23, 2013

Just as other groups on Luke Air Force Base have their own competitions, like the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Month award, the 56th Medical Group has created a Commander’s Cup to help raise fitness awareness amongst its Airmen. The trophy and title of “Most Fit Corps,” is given to the team from the 56th…

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