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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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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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Sports Shorts – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

LRS defeats OSS 46-37     Tyler Nixon, 56th Operations Support Squadron, attempts a lay-up after making a drive between two 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron defenders during an intramural basketball game March 13 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. LRS defeated OSS 46-37.     Raul Valdez, 56th OSS, puts up…

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The greatest generation …

Posted  March 15, 2013

This photo was taken within days of the mission, which was one of the most successful ever flown. The mission was flown by the 61st, 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons. Two years prior they’d flown their first combat mission led by Lt. Col. Lucian Dade. Eegbeck Aerodrome was located just south of the Denmark border…

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Luke Field rises out of desert

Posted  March 15, 2013

The Battle of Britain began Aug. 8, 1940, and the same day, President Franklin Roosevelt directed the military to start producing 12,000 pilots annually. In response to that order, the Army Air Corps conducted feasibility studies for the construction of eight new air fields. Phoenix City Manager Donald Scott announced the War Department had approved…

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56th Fighter Wing has boast-worthy history

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing, one of the most highly decorated aviation units in history, traces its heritage to the 56th Pursuit Group which first activated on Jan. 15, 1941, at Savannah Air Base, Ga. The unit was redesignated a fighter group and equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt when it was reassigned to England. The 56th…

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D-Day threat …

Posted  March 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Maj. Lucian Dade Jr., 62d Fighter Squadron, flew this P-47D-25 with a bubble canopy in June 1944. Shown is Tail Number 42-26417, painted with the D-Day paint scheme. Dade later commanded the 56th Fighter Group. He also commanded the 3600th Maintenance and Supply Group in the mid 1950s at Luke Air Force Base.

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Local Briefs March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Assumption of command Maj. Kathryn Roman will assume command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Hangar 485. LOSC raffle The Luke Officers Spouses Club will be hosting a Bunny Basket Raffle at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, email lukeOSCReservations@gmail.com…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 15, 2013

Senior Airman Robin Hansen 56th Dental Squadron Dental assistant Hometown: Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Senior Airman Randall Lee Hansen II Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England Goals: Become a pediatric dentist in the Air Force Greatest feat: Winning Air Force-level 2011 Airmen of the Year for Dental Off-duty interests:…

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Fighting Falcon hails proud heritage at Luke

Posted  March 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Tail number 78-0081, the first F-16 Fighting Falcon permanently assigned to Luke Air Force Base, sits on the flightline Dec. 6, 1982. The F-16 Fighting Falcon has served the U.S. Air Force as one of the world’s premier fighter aircraft, and for nearly a quarter of a century Luke Air Force Base has…

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World War I ace, hero Luke AFB namesake

Posted  March 15, 2013

Courtesy photo 2nd Lt. Frank Luke, who was second only to Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, referred to as the Ace of Aces of American fliers overseas, poses next to one of three German observation balloons he brought down in 30 minutes in 1918. America’s second ranking ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient,…

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F-16 bread, butter of LAFB for 30 years

Posted  March 15, 2013

Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the U.S. and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly…

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