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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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Chaplain thoughts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” ~ Mother Theresa How do you give hope to others? What actions do you take that instills hope in the people around you? During the business and “busy-ness” of the holidays,…

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62nd FS, family help feed homeless

Posted  December 21, 2012

While many people may have been preparing for the holidays, 20 Airmen and family members from the 62nd Fighter Squadron helped feed the homeless Dec. 19 and 20 at the André House of Hospitality in Phoenix. “Since it was the holiday season, I thought it would be nice to find a local soup kitchen in…

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Winter games last chance to win commander’s cup

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Winter Games were the final fitness center organized sporting event of the year for squadrons to receive points to increase their chances of taking home the commander’s cup....

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Justice Report – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions at Luke Air Force Base for October and November. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A technical sergeant was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice and one specification of Article 134, wrongful distribution…

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All I want for Christmas … Daddy!

Posted  December 21, 2012

Sometimes, not every member of the family can be home, and when a family member is deployed it can change how a family spends the holiday season.

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Street Beat – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 7 through 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 9: Security forces and firefighters assisted Glendale police with an off-base vehicle accident. Dec. 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at…

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Chill out, not stress out during holidays

Posted  December 21, 2012

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet for many, it’s anything but. “If the holidays have you overwhelmed, you are not alone,” said Kristin Musch, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health educator. “Expectations are high, to-do lists are long and the budget tight, which can result in sadness, anger, frustration and…

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In Brief – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

No Thunderbolt for two weeks The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 28 or Jan. 4, 2013. Look for the 2012 Year In Review edition Jan. 11, 2013. For more information, call (623) 856-7996. Annual wing warrior run The 2.2-mile 3rd annual wing warrior run will take place at 7 a.m. Jan. 2 at the north…

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Sports Shorts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Women’s Varsity Basketball team poses for a photo after winning the PacWest Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. The team defeated Davis-Monthan in the championship game. Lady ’Bolts take Vegas by storm With a new coaching staff leading the way, the Luke Air Force Base Varsity Women’s Basketball team has made…

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Civilian police enter new territory at Luke

Posted  December 14, 2012

A civilian police officer running a police station is a common occurrence across Arizona, but civilian police running a military “police station” is something new. The 56th Security Forces Squadron is trying “something new” by having three Department of the Air Force Police Officers, officers Phillip Mulherin, Rolando Gonzalez and Randolph Miller, serving as flight…

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