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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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Salutes & Awards

Fighting ducks graduate 14 pilots

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 309th Fighter Squadron Fighting Ducks graduate 14 pilots today. They are, from left, 1st Lts. Ryan Mendenhall and Bryan Beasley; Capt. Jake Rohrbach and 1st Lts. Clancy Morrical, Clancy Daniels, Bryson Thomas, Dustin Carey, Scott Portue, Brandon Dobbs, Austin Buller, Miklos Preysz and Ryan Neely; and Capts. Jared Ames and Dennis Simerly. Class 12-CBG…

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Leaders avoid holding to bad decisions

Posted  November 30, 2012

Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU making the right decision, because … it’s not about YOU! What do I mean by this? Have you ever knowingly stuck with a bad decision because you made the decision? Or struggled over a decision worrying about what others will think of you? Everyone has decisions…

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Practice, plan makes perfect in active shooter exercise

Posted  November 30, 2012

You’re waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist on the third floor of the Medical Group building. Suddenly, you hear muffled shots ring out and screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an AETC-directed active-shooter exercise Wednesday and Thursday to test whether…

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Are you ‘that guy?’

Posted  November 30, 2012

Recently the Defense Department sponsored an ad campaign to show how binge drinking can make you look, well … pretty stupid. It’s titled, “That Guy,” where images of young people are taken in compromising positions (drawings on face, sleeping on toilets, etc.) to show people it isn’t cool to be “That Guy.” Go to www.thatguy.com…

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Salutes & Awards

Salutes and Awards

Posted  November 30, 2012

Air Force announces supplemental promotions The following individuals were selected for promotion to the next rank: Master sergeant Christopher Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Weapons Safety Staff sergeant Damian King, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Senior airman Ikaisha McCoy, 56th Security Forces Squadron; Jason Reed, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; David Trott, 56th Operations Support Squadron; and Christopher…

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Thanksgiving Day

Posted  November 30, 2012

Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Amador, 56th MSG superintendent, carve turkey Nov. 22 during Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Approximately 200 military members and retirees, along with their families, were served throughout the day. Col. Yolanda Bledsoe,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Airman 1st Class Daniel Rakowski 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Tehachapi, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Parents, Ed and Sherri Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My family, friends and everyone who has shown me support Goals: Make below-the-zone and cross train into tactical air command and control…

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Health & Safety

Keep holiday weight off dinner plate

Posted  November 30, 2012

Temperatures are dropping, holidays are approaching, stress levels are rising and, for many, weight starts increasing. In fact, the average American gains approximately two to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is it really a problem if a person gains one to two pounds during the holidays? According to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Registered Dietician…

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New info out on requesting Citibank credit balance refunds

Posted  November 30, 2012

With GTC and CSA accounts merged back under the GTC program, requesting an eligible credit balance refund from Citibank when an account has been overpaid requires several things to think about. Remember … split disbursement is no longer required for 100 percent of travel voucher reimbursement. A traveler should calculate expenses charged to the GTC…

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Street Beat – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 9 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 15 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 545. There were no injuries. Nov. 19: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at…

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