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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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Civilian volunteer at tax center gives back

Posted  December 14, 2012

I started volunteering at Luke Air Force Base Tax Center in January. It has been a great experience. As a retired high school teacher of 33 years, I have no affiliation with the military, but I enjoy being able to give back to them for all they have done. How can we help those who…

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Health & Safety

Risk factors, warning signs predictors of suicide

Posted  December 14, 2012

Before intervention. Before support. Even before treatment … there is prevention. Tragically, 36,000 lives are lost to suicide each year in the U.S. Tens of thousands more attempt suicide. Every day families, friends, coworkers and neighbors lose someone they care about. Intervention, support and treatment can help, but to get to the heart of suicide,…

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Luke puts on happy holidays

Posted  December 14, 2012

This year's Holiday Magic included a petting zoo, bouncy house, gift bazaar, rock climbing, hay rides, snow and more.

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted  December 14, 2012

On DVD: ‘Starship Troopers: Invasion’ It’s never fun being a fan of a series that constantly disappoints, as I’m sure most fans of the “Starship Trooper” films will confess. Now to handle the inevitable questions about the use of “film” in a plural sense, yes there have been direct-to-DVD sequels to the 1997 original and…

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Holiday hours

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Force Support Squadron organizations holiday hours of operation and closures are: Arts & Crafts Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2013 Auto Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23, 30, 31 and Jan. 1 Wood Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 Outdoor Recreation closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 Falcon Dunes Golf…

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Pseudo shooter rampages gym

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Crown Talon 1206 exercise at Luke Air Force Base was an Air Education and Training Command facilitated active-shooter exercise designed to test Luke AFB’s response.

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Luke Air Force Base road closures

Posted  December 14, 2012

To prepare for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base, construction will begin Dec. 22 on the F-35 academic training center. All affected buildings will be accessible via alternate routes as shown in the map. • Fighter Country north of Mustang to south of Phantom • Mustang from Fighter Country to 141st…

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Salutes & Awards

Air Force announces awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

The following individual received an Air Force award: Secretary of the Air Force Special Achievement Small business: Gabriel McKenna-Groves, 56th Contracting Squadron AETC names 2012 winners The following individuals and units received an Air Education and Training Command award: 56th Force Support Squadron Family child care program Golf program Library program 56th Contracting Squadron Installation…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Medical Group softball team defeated the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 14-7 during the intramural softball championship Dec. 6, topping this week's sports news

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Viper 30-year belle of ball at Luke

Posted  December 7, 2012

It was a Monday morning 30 years ago thursday when Col. Malcom Bolton, 58th Tactical Training Wing commander, stepped into a moment in history as he prepared to take off in the first permanently assigned F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base.

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