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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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Sports Shorts – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

SFS wins 2 of 3 games, defeats OSS in volleyball   Felipe Herrera, 56th Operations Support Squadron, left, waits for the ball after Steve Albavera, 56th Security Forces Squadron, hits the ball over the net during the first intramural volleyball game at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. 56th Security Forces won…

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Local leaders ‘Aim High’ as honorary commanders

Posted  November 2, 2012

Airmen and local leaders gathered Oct. 26 at the Luke Air Force Base Club Five Six for the Honorary Commander induction ceremony. The 56th Fighter Wing Honorary Commander Program provides senior wing leaders and Luke Air Force Base a community outreach opportunity and expands the commander’s ability to foster relationships between local, civic and business…

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Health & Safety

Eye disorder discovered at Men’s Health Expo

Posted  November 2, 2012

It was a day like any other when retired Air Force Maj. William Best discovered something new about his health Oct. 12 at the Men’s Health Expo on Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group held its first-ever MHE with the goal of touching base with men in regard to their health, said Staff…

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U.S.

Captain asks: Why bother voting?

Posted  November 2, 2012

Why should I bother voting in elections? What does my single vote matter? It’s an all-too-common sentiment in the U.S. as voter turnout rates have historically remained very low in elections held every two years. Low voter turnout is especially surprising when considering the millions of people in the past who have fought and died…

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Making the ‘hard call’

Posted  November 2, 2012

When was the last time you sat down with your Airman and said, “No, you cannot take leave because we have work to do,” or “I’m sorry but you are not getting a decoration because of …,” or finally my favorite, “No, you may not leave during the middle of an exercise to go buy…

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Belgian airman brings experience to Luke

Posted  November 2, 2012

Belgian Commandant Michael Artiges stands in front of his new home, the 308th Fighter Squadron. He came to Luke Air Force Base as part of the Military Personnel Exchange Program to serve an instructor pilot for three years. The MPEP at Luke has 10 positions – seven pilots, two maintenance officers and one logistics officer….

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In Brief – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will have the annual Bunco luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Club Five Six. Wear a favorite football team jersey and eat tailgating style. Officers’ spouses are invited. For more information, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Voting locations To vote in person Tuesday, go to http://www.azsos.gov/election/UpcomingElections.htm to find a…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 2, 2012

Senior Airman Wade Williams Jr. 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Support technician Hometown: Riverside, Calif. Years in service: Five Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Park University in information computer science Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: My father, a successful business owner and great mechanic Goals: Finish college and make master sergeant Greatest…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduate 36

Posted  November 2, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School class 12-7 graduated two staff sergeants and 34 senior airmen Oct. 25. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Staff Sgt. William Chavez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Anthtae Taggart, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Doron Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron;…

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Salutes & Awards

Wing quarterly awards announced

Posted  November 2, 2012

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Brian Runyon, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Ashley Stallworth, 56th Dental Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Poun Thies, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Brennan Lawson, 56th Contracting Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. Jeremy Kovacs, 56th…

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