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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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CONS reaches out to small business

Posted  October 26, 2012

The F-35 mission coming to Luke Air Force Base is expected to bring sweeping changes to the base and will offer local small businesses new opportunities. This was the highlight of the 56th Contracting Squadron’s Small Business Outreach and Training Day held Oct. l8 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The community response was tremendous,…

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Enlisted quarterly assignment listings released

Posted  October 26, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials released the enlisted quarterly assignment listing, or EQUAL, Monday for the July to September 2013 overseas assignment cycle. Enlisted Airmen must update their assignment preferences by Nov. 1, and they will be notified of their assignment selections by Nov. 16. “We are accelerating the release of the…

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Airmen from Hill AFB pack, crate F-16

Posted  October 26, 2012

Boxing and shipping F-16s is not a typical occurrence at Luke Air Force Base, but that’s exactly what a group of Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, came here to do.

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What you give, not what you got main thing

Posted  October 26, 2012

It’s no secret that I love big hair bands from the ’80s and early ’90s. My favorite movie line is from Joe Dirt. “I’m a rocker, dude, through and through. Here’s my favorite bands; AC/DC, Van Halen (not Van Hagar), Skynyrd, Def Lep.” I’m pretty sure I should have been a rock star in another…

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Air Force adopts mascot in war against waste campaign

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Air Force has a new mascot to help its recycling awareness campaign and fight against solid waste. CHUCK-IT, the recycling mascot, targets children ages 5 to12 and is the latest addition to the “Win the War Against Waste” tool kit — an outreach campaign developed to support the Air Force’s worldwide environmental objectives for…

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PD: Money maker

Posted  October 26, 2012

For many, money is a powerful motivator. One tool to get more change in your pocket can be found in a not-so-obvious place — professional development. Before dismissing the idea, just give this a quick read and you’ll see how it doesn’t take a giant leap to get from A to Z. Professional development is…

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SFS rucks to defeat disease

Posted  October 26, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts walk in honor of retired 56th Security Forces Squadron Master Sgt. Evelyn Proctor at the Walk to Defeat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease Saturday in Scottsdale. The Thunderbolts raised a total of $2,823.12 for the cause and “rucked” the 3-mile walk. To show support for one…

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Street Beat – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 897. There were no injuries. Oct. 16: Security forces responded to a…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli Veteran’s Day is not that far off, and I want to take the opportunity these next few weeks to focus on “heroes.” Many would debate what defines a hero. Certainly we can agree that…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  October 26, 2012

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK Staff Sgt. Miguel Hurtado 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: San Diego Years in Service: Six Family: Wife, Bryna and dog, Jake Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at American Military University in information systems security Previous assignments: Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Mont. Inspiration: Faith, family and friends Goals:…

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