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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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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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Air Force News – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force conducts around clock ops to deliver storm relief Airmen and transport aircraft from across the nation converged at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Nov. 1 to begin part of the Air Force’s movement of relief supplies and equipment to the beleaguered areas of New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane…

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People First – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. National Parks free…

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Adopt family for holidays

Posted  November 9, 2012

Operation Warm Heart, the Luke Air Force Base adopt-a-family or child program organized by Luke first sergeants, is one of the ways of taking care of Airmen in need during the holidays and is anonymous. Financially challenged families at Luke are identified to first sergeants and each is assigned a family number. Any person or…

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Chaplain thoughts – November 9

Posted  November 9, 2012

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours.” ~ Wallace Bruce What do you think about on Veteran’s Day? Is it just another day off or do you truly make something special of it? Here are a couple of statistics to ponder. Only about 0.75 percent of the U.S….

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Commissary grand reopening

Posted  November 9, 2012

Luke Air Force Base celebrated the grand re-opening of the commissary Nov. 1. The event featured live entertainment, special giveaways, and many other activities to keep the attendees entertained.

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Native American a tradition of warriors

Posted  November 9, 2012

Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa Throughout history Native Americans have fought for their country with honor and courage, starting with the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan they have served in all the nation’s wars and have demonstrated time and time again their commitment and their dedication to the nation. November is Native American Indian…

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Fly Over: ‘Lolita’, ‘Revan’

Posted  November 9, 2012

In bookstores: ‘Lolita’ by Macario Mora I was raised differently than many of my privileged friends. When I was grounded for partaking in mischievous childhood adventures, I wasn’t denied certain paltry rights like TV or video games; I was denied my freedom. Instead of a slap on the wrist for punching a cat or terrorizing…

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Family fishing derby

Posted  November 9, 2012

                Mike Calhoun, civilian, and his grandson, Peyton Calhoun, 4, fish in the fishing derby Nov. 2 at Silver Wings Park.           Piper MacArthur, 4, daughter of Dave Pipes, civilian, pours mini candy pebbles into a container as Ava Gonzales, 4, daughter of Master…

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Health & Safety

Well-baby doctor visits: important

Posted  November 9, 2012

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. A baby should have six well-child doctor visits during their first 15 months of life. These…

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Base Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  November 9, 2012

A good program just got better as the Luke Air Force Base Exchange holiday layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. “Fee-free” means that while the Luke AFB Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways that amount…

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