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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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Street Beat – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Marchch 15 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 17: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident on the second floor of the Luke Air Force Base Exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March…

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Air Force News – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

EOD Airman receives fifth Bronze Star A Bronze Star with Valor was recently presented to an explosive ordnance disposal technician making him only the fifth Airman to receive five Bronze Star medals. Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Air Force Special Operations School Force Protection Branch NCO-in-charge, said receiving this particular Bronze Star was humbling for him. Lt….

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People First – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 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. Plan early…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 29, 2013

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful..”   ~ John Wooden One of the greatest coaches in NCAA basketball history was also one of the greatest coaches about life itself. John Wooden taught his players not just a game, but how to “win” in life. There is an…

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Building camaraderie the prickly way

Posted  March 29, 2013

FROM LEFT: 2nd Lt. John Patten, Capt. Dakota Olsen, 1st Lt. Jeffrey Whitford, Capt. Pete Sailhamer and 1st Lt. Joseph Valdez, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilots, ponder mustaches March 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The tradition of growing mustaches during March is attributed to Air Force triple-ace Robin Olds who grew an extravagantly waxed…

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Airmen, robot work side by side to fill prescriptions at Luke

Posted  March 29, 2013

Over the past year, the three 56th Medical Support Squadron pharmacies have filled more than 396,000 prescriptions, relying heavily on the Arizona Refill Center, which uses a robotic delivery system to handle 35 percent of the overall daily workload.

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Salutes & Awards

Female Thunderbolts take front and center

Posted  March 29, 2013

From young Airmen to chiefs, supply technicians to pilots, women at Luke Air Force Base make a difference every day. Every person has a different story — a different reason for joining and continuing to serve.

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Events

Fly Over: ‘Olympus has Fallen’, and the Ultra Music Festival

Posted  March 29, 2013

In theaters: ‘Olympus has Fallen’ A die-hard action movie There’s really not much to ask for from action movies. If they provide enough entertainment with action scenes and likable characters, I can forgive a few dumb moments here and there. Now this leniency can be pushed to the limit from time to time (looking at…

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Sports

A Chief Among Royals

Posted  March 29, 2013

  Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, encourages the Kansas City Royals minor league baseball players March 22 at Surprise Stadium. Staton told the players that resilience, confidence and the drive to go further come from the discipline to get the job done.   A member of the KCR coaching staff…

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Health & Safety

April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted  March 29, 2013

Saving children from abuse phone call away Americans are more aware than ever of the tragedy of child abuse. The national and local media carry daily reports of children who have been beaten, imprisoned, starved, burned or sexually and emotionally abused. Shopping carts, milk cartons, billboards, newspapers all carry the message that children should tell…

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