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Honorary commanders bid farewell

The United States military is made up of less than 1 percent of the total population, and for most of the other 99 percent, understanding the inner workings of military operations and training is not an option.

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POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

A warm, breezy late summer afternoon offered the backdrop for more than 200 people to be part of the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Retreat ceremony Sept. 19 in front of the wing headquarters building.

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TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently undergone a major overhaul for the first time since its inception in 1989.

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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Renee Polk 308th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager Hometown: Crestview, Fla. Years in service: One year Family: Parents, Roosevelt and Ella Polk; brother and sister-in-law, Trey and Melchar Polk; and brother, Rhys Polk Education: Bachelor’s degree in sports management at the University of West Florida and an associate’s degree in exercise…

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MWD team takes training downrange

Posted  May 17, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and Chrach, 56th SFS military working dog, pose in front of a Polaris Ranger vehicle in Herat Province, Afghanistan, during a deployment with an Army Special Operations Task Force West unit. The MWD team received a Bronze Star Medal for actions during their…

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56th CES changes command …

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, returns a salute to members of CES as he takes command during the change of command ceremony at the Civil Engineer compound at Luke Air Force Base May 9.

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Luke serves as stop for international tour

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Master Sgt. Michael Crawford, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight chief of fight medicine, gives out information to the attendees during the foreign student medical tour at Luke Air Force Base, May. 2. Aviation and occupational medicine students from the University of Otago, New Zealand, traveled to Phoenix to get a…

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CGOC hosts deployed spouses dinner

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Capt. Aaron Gershbock, 56th Fighter Wing judge advocate, serves food to the attendees during the Deployed Spouses Dinner at the Chapel Annex May 9. Families of service members that are deployed or those members who recently returned from a deployment were treated to dinner, massages, and a coloring area for…

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People First – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 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. Air Force…

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Pilot for a Day

Posted  May 17, 2013

The newest member of Team Luke left the base May 10 with a smile on his face. Steven “SteveO” Boyd, 15, visited Luke Air Force Base and became an honorary member of the 309th Fighter Squadron through the “Pilot For a Day” program.

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Take Aim

Posted  May 17, 2013

Marines from the Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, a reserve unit stationed at Luke Air Force Base, conducted weapons training May 4 at the Arizona Army National Guard’s Florence Military Reservation

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 3 through May 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and two nonmoving violations. Emergency responses May 3: Security forces assisted the Luke fire station evacuate individuals out of a house with an active fire alarm. The house was secured and later cleared for…

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Fly Over: ‘When in Doubt’, and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Posted  May 17, 2013

In bookstores: ‘When in Doubt’ My female hormones sometimes hijack my body. On one such occasion, I decided to read “When in Doubt, Add Butter” by Beth Harbison. The novel was like romantic crack, laden with optimism and romantic sweetness. It satisfied my hormones but left a bad taste in my soul, momentarily tricking me…

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