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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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Salutes & Awards

MXG celebrates ‘best’

Posted  March 8, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, speaks to the crowd during the banquet. Hanna stressed the importance of operations and maintenance working as a team to complete the mission. The following individuals received 2012 Maintenance professional awards Maintenance officer 1st Lt. Charles Glover, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Direct sortie support Senior NCO: Master Sgt….

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Tophats reach out

Posted  March 8, 2013

1st Lt. Jeff Whitford, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, levels a piece of drywall to fit the frame of a house Feb. 23 in Glendale. Whitford volunteered his time along with several other pilots and their spouses to work on a Habitat for Humanity home.   2nd Lt. John Patten, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot,…

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Sports Shorts – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

607th coasts to finals, defeats 62nd FS 3-1 Photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka   Ryan Vanbuskirk, 62nd Fighter Squadron, takes a shot to the goal after moving past Reginald Rouse, 607th ACS, during the semi-final game. Vanbuskirk’s shot was blocked by the 607th ACS’s goalie, Alexander Balock.   Daniel Wynn, 62nd Fighter Squadron,…

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New AETC command chief makes first base visit

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Senior Airman Shawn Dyer, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight crew chief, briefs Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command chief, Feb. 22 when the chief visited Luke Air Force Base. On his first base visit as Air Education and Training Command’s newest enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt….

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Tres Rios Spring Festival

Posted  March 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Local community members line up to test their boating, kayaking and canoeing skills in the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival Oct. 12, 2012, at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area in Avondale, Ariz. The festival focuses on educating participants about the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers as well as the surrounding…

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DUI – Decisions under the influence

Posted  March 1, 2013

First, let me start off by saying if you missed the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet, you may have missed the opportunity of your Air Force career to learn from one of our greatest leaders and spokesmen, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, the fifth Airman to serve with that distinction….

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Servant leadership applied

Posted  March 1, 2013

Most of us have had a leadership class of some kind as we continue formal education or complete professional military education. In the process we have been exposed to many different leadership theories and the support behind each one. The Air Force does a great job of sifting through those and passing on the best…

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Council gives dorm Airmen voice

Posted  March 1, 2013

Whether it’s a clogged sink to talk about or planning an outing, dorm council Airmen meet once a month to voice concerns, brainstorm ideas on ways to improve dorm life and plan activities to boost morale.

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News Briefs: March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meeting is 5 p.m. for social hour and 6 p.m. for dinner March 11 at Club Five Six. Special guest Ryan Reeves, Lux Air Jet Centers-GYR general manager, will present the history of Goodyear Airport at 7 p.m. Active-duty and retired officers, and…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Magen Baker 56th Comptroller Squadron Budget analyst Hometown: Salem, Ill. Years in service: Eight Family: Father, Danny; mom, Lisa; and son, Maddox Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in financial management; Park University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Inspirations: Friends and…

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