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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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Administrative actions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The administrative actions Luke follows when non active-duty servicemembers, reservists or guardsmen are caught shoplifting: Dependents of military members, retired military members and ID card holding dependents of retirees: Shoplifting no matter the amount, will result in a one-year Army Air Force Exchange Services suspension. Police with the 56th SFS will notify Glendale police. A…

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Luke AFB makes tumor patient’s dream come true

Posted  July 12, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Glenn Schallman listens as 1st Lt. Patrick Nolan, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, goes over the controls of an F-16 on the flightline June 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Schallman suffers from a rare form of brain tumor that was deemed inoperable in 2002. Glenn Schallman suffers from a rare form…

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Time to think monsoon

Posted  July 12, 2013

Monsoon season has officially started, which means Arizonans can expect intermittent bouts of pelting rains, high winds and dangerous lightning strikes. The inclement weather, particularly the winds and lightning, are a common cause of summertime electric outages. Tips to help prepare for a potential power interruption and to stay safe if one does occur are:…

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Air Force News – July 5, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III sent the following furlough message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: As you all know, Defense Department civilian furloughs began this week. With few exceptions, our…

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Iron Man star of free comic book at BX

Posted  July 12, 2013

Iron Man, the world-famous Armored Avenger, joins the U.S. Military to defend America from the dastardly dragon Fin Fang Foom in Marvel Comics’ 15th free, military-exclusive comic book, available at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. In the all-new 36-page comic, an evil energy conglomerate awakens the ancient beast while illegally drilling in the Alaskan…

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AF selects T-bolt for nursing gig

Posted  July 12, 2013

The Air Force has selected 48 Airmen to enroll in a program that will train them to be commissioned nurses and one of them is from Luke Air Force Base. Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Ebueng, 56th Fighter Wing Legal office, has been selected for the 2013 Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program and will become a full-time nursing…

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Beat the summer heat with 79 days of savings at exchange restaurants

Posted  July 12, 2013

As temperatures heat up this summer, the discounts inside direct operated Luke Air Force Base Exchange restaurants are getting cooler for MILITARY STAR Card holders. Now through Sept. 21, food or drink orders made with a MILITARY STAR Card will be discounted by 20 percent. “With all of the other great discounts and contests available…

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People First – July 5, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Aviators may…

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Desert Diary: 607th ACS Airmen deploy downrange

Posted  July 12, 2013

In the middle of the desert, sand flies around in a fury, whipped up by strong winds. Rain begins to pour down from the sky. Battling the storm, an Airman treks through the mud to connect networking cables to a server communications base. Donning goggles and gloves, the Airman works to restore a weather tracking…

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This week in history: July 12

Posted  July 12, 2013

Saguaro Manor opens September 1959 When it comes to the history of U.S. Air Force base housing, two themes were consistent. There was either too much or too little housing to meet the base’s population needs. Luke Air Force Base has gone through those cycles too. While Del Webb built family housing at Luke, at…

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