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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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Make paycheck go further

Posted  April 19, 2013

There’s an old business adage, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you spend.” Airmen of any rank can make their paychecks go further with a few money saving tricks. “Being frugal is about making a conscious effort to stretch your hard-earned dollars,” said Sandra Gray, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Family and Readiness Center…

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Local Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. April 26 in Hangar 408. Adult craft group Create candy topiaries using Dum-Dum Pops at the adult craft group at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Luke Air Force Base Library….

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Yadira Chaidez 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Torrance, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Single, two brothers Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in applied sciences Inspirations: My family in California, who continuously support me; the people I’ve met at Luke who encourage me daily. Goals:…

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Gearing up for Earth Day 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

Earth Day is Monday and Luke Air Force Base leaders are encouraging Airmen, civilians and families to help conserve base resources. “Conserve Today – Secure Tomorrow” is the Air Force’s theme for this year’s Earth Day. The focus is on water conservation and resource management. Air Force leaders have set a 26 percent reduction goal…

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Air Force News – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

DOD releases FY 14 defense budget proposal President Barack Obama sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority April 10 to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense…

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A view to all …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Staff Sgt. Christopher Hatch FROM LEFT: Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Arizona Senator Don Shooter, District 13, viewed construction sites across Luke Air Force Base and the location of the solar array April 12 from the catwalk of the air traffic control tower with Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander.

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People First – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 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. New resources…

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Fallen hero’s dedication honored with ride

Posted  April 19, 2013

Webster’s Dictionary defines dedication as “Devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose.” The 56th LRS POL Flight defines dedication with a picture of Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country.

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Health & Safety

Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 19, 2013

Sascha Blasko 56th Medical Group Medical Information Systems NCO-in-charge How do you stay fit? High intensity interval training, long-distance running, lifting weights and maintaining a healthy diet. What drives you to keep working out? Seeing results physically and being able to accomplish workouts with less fatigue. Favorite music to work out to? Rock. Favorite workout?…

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Resting muscles, body, mind vital to fitness success

Posted  April 19, 2013

Although it is great to be fit, it is also important to properly rest muscles and get enough sleep. Overtraining is bad and can cause a lot of problems, said Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist. “If you experience a decline in performance, your times are slower or you aren’t able to lift…

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