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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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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. 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…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Vanessa Dickerson 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Slaton, Texas Years in service: Seven Family: Husband, Steven Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree in intelligence studies; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Maryland University College Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Kunsan Air Base,…

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Running for Airmen

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Members of Luke Air Force Base begin the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Bryant Fitness Center track. The 3rd Annual Viking Challenge is a 10-hour 10-person running relay event hosted by the Logistics Officers Association to raise money for the LOA Airman’s Education Scholarship fund.

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FWSAs announce quarterly awards

Posted  April 12, 2013

The following individuals are first quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Grace Lee, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCO: Staff Sgt. Magen Baker, 56th Comptroller Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Pulsipher, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Candice Dillitte, 56th FWPA Civilian (Category I): Beverly Dennie, 56th FW Staff Judge Advocate Civilian…

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Air Force News – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Sexual assault awareness ‘begins at top’ To combat and put an end to sexual assault in the military, the Defense Department has designed programs to boost victim medical care, increase assault reporting and hold offenders accountable for their crimes, the director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said April 5. Responding to questions…

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Waste water treatment plant one of Luke’s dirtiest jobs

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch Waste water flows out of a treatment pond at the Luke Air Force Base waste water treatment facility. One of the dirtiest jobs at Luke Air Force Base isn’t even on the base itself. The off-base waste water treatment plant is operated by a team of three civilians and five…

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One-on-one with Washington

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefs recently elected U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake April 4 on the mission at Luke Air Force Base. The senator was also escorted on a base tour. This was his first base visit since being elected in November.

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Health & Safety

Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 12, 2013

Sid Mirghani 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Public Health Flight commander How do you stay fit? I exercise at least five times a week, incorporating strength as well as endurance training. I also limit junk food and don’t use tobacco products. What drives you to keep working out? It’s my stress relief and keeps me healthy….

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People First – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 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. Anonymous crime…

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‘Prime BEEF’ puts members to test

Posted  April 12, 2013

For the second time 56th Civil Engineer Squadron members had a day to play in the mud while preparing for deployment.

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