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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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EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often what make us who we are, alter our path in life and change our future. For Tech Sgt. David Gerig, 56th Civil Engineer…

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Helping people goal of CPTS Airman

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Scott Giles, left, 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, holds “trumpet in flight” at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Giles now helps new Airmen in-process to Luke Air Force Base as a finance technical advisor. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the…

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Your heart in good hands

As one walks through the medical clinic on Luke Air Force Base, it seems a typical clinic with a laboratory, military doctors and even a Women’s Health Clinic, but a small shop hiding in the corridor treats one of the most important parts of the human body – the heart.


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NOSC drops anchor at Luke

Posted  January 25, 2013

In March of 2012, the Navy Operational Support Center relocated to Luke Air Force Base. The U.S. Navy packed up ship in Phoenix not to move closer to a large body of water but to drop anchor back in the deserts of Arizona.

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Fly Over: ‘Broken City’, ‘Mistborn: The Final Empire’

Posted  January 25, 2013

In theaters: ‘Broken City’ Personally, I occasionally have a hard time following plots that involve politics or business, mostly due to all of the little technical details that get thrown around. Because of that, I can get disinterested fairly quickly while watching these movies. Fortunately for Broken City, despite some of these same issues, its…

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Sports Shorts – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airmen swing away during men’s varsity softball tryouts Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Joe Rivera, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes a swing during the batting practice portion of tryouts. Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Alex Hernandez, civilian, catches the ball during a fielding drill…

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Mobile Field Exchanges go where needed

Posted  January 24, 2013

DALLAS — For the first time in four years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service does not currently have a Mobile Field Exchange deployed in the United States. But while things may be peaceful now, they are continually standing at the ready for the next emergency or training exercise. MFEs are specially configured semitrailers…

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Thunderbolts run for Sandy Hook

Posted  January 18, 2013

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Luke Air Force Base members begin a 5k run Dec. 21, 2012, at the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters building. The run raised money for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown Victims Relief Fund. The event and others on base raised $2,553. More than 150 Thunderbolts…

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Dissent, better part of loyalty

Posted  January 18, 2013

How many of us have heard a new commander say, “I expect your loyalty, and I hope to earn your respect?” I believe that the meaning of this saying is often misinterpreted by its audience. The second half of that statement is easy enough to understand, but what do military commanders mean when they demand…

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Lead from the front

Posted  January 18, 2013

I recently graduated from the NCO Academy at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During the seven-week course we were given helpful tools meant to guide us on the path to becoming unit managers and senior NCOs. The course focused on topics from the profession of arms and team building concepts, to resource stewardship and negotiating….

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Health & Safety

Steer away from drinking, driving

Posted  January 18, 2013

Every year people die because of others who drive under the influence of alcohol, but the most tragic fact is that they all could have been prevented. However, despite a clear zero-tolerance drinking and driving policy, there are still Airmen who make poor choices, said Senior Airman Christopher Vonhatten, 56th Security Forces Squadron police services….

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News Briefs January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

National prayer breakfast There will be a panel of players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, to include Paul Goldschmidt, and San Francisco Giants speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Jan. 31 at Club Five Six. An autograph session will follow. Tickets are $5 each and can be obtained through the unit first…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael McCormick Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment instructor Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. Years in service: Eight Family: Daughters, Madisyn and Faith; and son, Logan Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: My parents — very…

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