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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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Local Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

No Thunderbolt next week The Thunderbolt will not be published Nov. 23. Look for the next edition Nov. 30. For more information, call (623) 856-5998. Finance office closed The 56th Comptroller Squadron office will be closed Wednesday for Wingman Day. This includes the customer service office. If there is an emergency, or for more information,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 16, 2012

Airman 1st Class Britney Carter-Grimes 309th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Lavar Grimes, husband Education: Associate in criminal justice at Santa Fe College, pursued a bachelor’s in criminology at University of Florida Previous assignments: Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Inspirations: My younger siblings inspire me to…

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Remembering …

Posted  November 16, 2012

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Master Sgt. Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group first sergeant, holds the American flag with fellow 308th Fighter Squadron Airmen during the opening ceremony of the Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets game Monday at the U.S. Airways Center. Veterans Day was observed by recognizing service members from all branches.

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Need for speed …

Posted  November 16, 2012

Aric Almirola, U.S. Air Force sponsored NASCAR driver, accompanies Capt. Adam Thornton, 308th Fighter Squadron director of scheduling, to the F-16 Fighting Falcon before an incentive flight Nov. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Almirola was in town for the Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale.

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Native American academy graduate shares thoughts

Posted  November 16, 2012

Luke Air Force Base members got a unique experience during the Native American Indian Heritage Month luncheon held Oct. 8 at Club 56. Retired Col. Daucey Brewington, a member of the Lumbee tribe, spoke to attendees about his life and the history of the U.S. and its native people. He is known for being the…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  November 16, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related Incidents Nov. 2: Security forces assisted Glendale police with a major vehicle accident off base. Nov. 5: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at the inbound lane of…

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SFS welcomes injured comrade

Posted  November 16, 2012

When deployed, going on missions outside the wire are part of the daily routine. On a good day everyone comes back safely. But Staff Sgt. Brian Williams can tell you every day isn’t a good day. Williams, a military working dog handler with the 87th Security Forces Squadron Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., deployed to Afghanistan…

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Chaplain thoughts – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

“Our future leaders (NCOs and officers) must possess faith, determination, and a positive attitude. I believe a positive attitude will carry you farther than ability.” ~ Master Sgt. Roy Benavidez Medal of Honor recipient In honor of Native American Indian Heritage Month, I chose this quote from a true American hero, a Congressional Medal of…

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Yikes! Is this turkey done?

Posted  November 16, 2012

FORT LEE, Va. – Seeing pink as you’re slicing into a beautifully browned holiday turkey is enough to strike fear into the heart of any cook, no matter how experienced. Follow these tips to avoid that scene this holiday season. First, make sure the turkey is completely thawed before being prepped for the oven. Thaw…

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News Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

Military leave carryover extension expires Oct. 1 Unless approved for special leave accrual, active-duty and active Guard Reserve members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2013, when the temporary leave carryover extension provision expires, said Air Force Personnel Center officials. The 2010 National Defense…

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