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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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Health & Safety

Enemy among us not apparent

Posted  October 4, 2013

The enemy is out there like a sleepless unstoppable force, ever watchful for an opportunity to strike.

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Many players join Luke in Operation Swift Savior

Posted  October 4, 2013

The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center collaborated to make history Sept. 16 through 20 during Operation Swift Savior, a patient evacuation exercise, at Luke Air Force Base.

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This Week in History: October 4

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Frank Luke Jr. Sept. 29, 1918: Frank Luke Jr. shot down, dies from wounds This week 95 years ago the leading ace of the American Expeditionary Force was killed in combat in northern France during World War I. Frank Luke, Jr., the son of German immigrants, was a 20-year-old Phoenix native. He excelled…

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Vegas: Family Friendly

Posted  October 4, 2013

Popular culture has painted an image of Las Vegas as an adult playground filled with booze, exotic dancers and mobsters.

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Thunderbolts drive to benefit MDA

Posted  October 4, 2013

More than 20 Thunderbolts recently teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise money during this year’s MDA Lockup event in downtown Phoenix. Luke’s Airmen volunteered their time to act as “arresting officers” and transport “jailbirds” to the event site. The event was an opportunity for Airmen to help the local community, according…

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People First – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 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. Single logon…

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Salutes & Awards

Day commemorates Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  October 4, 2013

He was 17 years old when he became part of an experiment allowing blacks to fly in the Army Air Forces. What he didn’t know then was he would be a part of history.

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Air Force News – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Fire Emergency Services makes every dollar count Air Force firefighters are accustomed to confronting danger on the job, but recent Defense Department budget cuts have brought a different kind of heat. Faced with an aging vehicle fleet and the need to modernize equipment, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Fire Emergency Services Division took steps…

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Burgers and goodbyes …

Posted  October 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Stanley Shields, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, seasons hamburgers Monday for a going-away event for departing Airmen. The event is an opportunity to present plaques and recognize the Airmen for their contributions to the mission while stationed at Luke Air Force Base.

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Kudos and farewell

Posted  October 4, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, receives an award Sept. 26 from Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron lab technician, during his going away ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Staton has been selected as the 2nd Air Force command chief at Keesler Air Force…

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