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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.

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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

56 FW Facts

Posted  September 27, 2013

Mission To train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters. Training (fiscal 2012) B-course graduates 69 Current students 109 MRA Graduates 311 Current students 32 Leadership Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein Vice wing commander: Col. Jeremy Sloane Director of staff: Lt. Col. Matt Warner Command Chief: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton Operations…

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Luke commemorates POW/MIA day

Posted  September 27, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Former POW retired Brig. Gen. Tom Browning speaks with members of the Luke Air Force Base community Sept. 20 during the Annual POW/MIA Recognition ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The event occurs every year on the third Friday of September. It honors prisoners of war and recognizes military members…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 27, 2013

Airman Alexis Myrice 56th Operations Group Knowledge Operations Manager Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Years in service: One Family: Husband, Thomas Anazewicz, and parents, Frank and Tracy Myrice. Education: Received a high school diploma from Roy C. Start High School Inspirations: My grandmother Billie Fry. Her perseverance, compassion, and generosity helped shape who I am today. She…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Chapel open positions The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel has four open positions. Resumes are required for all positions and must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Bid documents and full requirements are available at the Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 West Shooting Star Street. Protestant contemporary gospel worship service music…

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Chief has left the building

Posted  September 27, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, works alongside an Airman Feb. 8, 2013, during his “dirtiest jobs” series. The command chief created the series, during which he participated in the jobs, as a way to give recognition to Airmen in careers that are often overlooked. Staton recently…

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Sports Shorts – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Jacob Sorby, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, attempts to block the football Sept. 26 during a game against 56th Contracting Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. CES defeated CONS 33-6. CES pulls flag on CONS, crushing victory Story and photo by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron flag football…

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Street Beat – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 20 through 26: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 20: Security forces responded to a request for mutual aid from Glendale police due to several reports of possible road rage. Security forces arrived on scene at Litchfield…

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Fly Over: ‘Gravity’, and ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’

Posted  October 4, 2013

In theaters: ‘Gravity’ Beautiful. No adjective appropriately conveys the sense of awe that washes over you while viewing the cinematically brilliant “Gravity.” Alfonso Cuaron’s (“Children of Men”) film is majestic. The CGI and special effects used make 600 kilometers above Earth more surreal than flying caped crusaders. Not since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”…

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Luis Walter Alvarez: Physicist, inventor altered history’s course

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Luis Walter Alvarea Luis Walter Alvarez, a Hispanic-American experimental physicist and inventor, changed the course of human history with his contributions to the fields of aviation and radiation. Alvarez was born on June 13, 1911, and died Sept. 1, 1988. Throughout his 77 years he received many distinguished awards including the Collier Trophy…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Thomas Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally,…

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