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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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Health & Safety

Red Ribbon week approaches

Posted  October 18, 2013

This year Red Ribbon Week is Wednesday through Oct. 31, and the theme is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” The 56th Fighter Wing Drug Demand Reduction Program’s goal is to raise awareness and reduce drug abuse in the Luke community. On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured…

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Happy feet …

Posted  October 18, 2013

Joel Bledsoe, husband of Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, and other guests at the National Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon, dance to salsa music Oct. 10 at the Naval Operations Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. NHHM is observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the heritage and culture of American citizens…

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Health & Safety

Being active comes loaded with benefits

Posted  October 18, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Airman 1st Class Kory Hickok, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, spots Staff Sgt. Kris Steele, who is also a weapons load crew member, Oct. 8 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Staying active is key to lowering the likelihood of diseases such as diabetes, high blood…

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Air Force

944th Airman has two careers, one love

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photos Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Brook, in his early years as a member of the Royal Air Force, left, and currently at Luke Air Force Base. A 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager has served more than 30 years in both active-duty and Reserve status in the U.S. Air Force but started his career…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  October 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Melissa Holmes 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial services customer service technician Hometown: Phoenix Years in service: Four Education: One class away from a Community college of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Rio. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in educational studies with Ashford University Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: Helping people…

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News Briefs October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Boots to business The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center is featuring a two-day transition assistance program…

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Gospel service celebrates 40 years

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo The contemporary gospel service poses for a group photo during their first anniversary in 1974. The Luke Community Chapel contemporary gospel service celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday with the theme “Forty Years of Grace and Mercy.” “The gospel service has such a rich history, but one of the facts that most people might…

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Commentary

Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted  October 18, 2013

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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Mentoring without mentoring

Posted  October 18, 2013

It seems that about every other week, there is a new article about leadership in the Thunderbolt expressing myriad theories and pet practices that the author has found successful to use. Frankly, I believe that leadership is much simpler than we in the military make it out to be at times. I do not have…

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At ‘tip of spear,’ passion keeps pilots sharp

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Gulf of Mexico. Mann deployed to Iraq in 2001 and 2003. It’s a dark night over Baghdad. Storm clouds rumble with the sound of thunder. In poor weather, Air Force pilots move in to escort a navy strike…

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