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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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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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Sports Shorts – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Children perform stretches after a series of exercises Monday during the Kids Boot Camp Challenge at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The Boot Camp Challenge is a series of activities conducted over a six-to-eight-week period that encourage physical activity through a variety of enjoyable and competitive exercises. Kids get boot camp challenge Story…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 14, 2014

We expect the Air Force to direct a 100-percent recertification of basic allowance for housing beginning in March 2014. Every active-duty member receiving basic allowance for housing will be required to recertify his entitlement with the 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service. The recertification must be accomplished in person and Airmen will be required to present…

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Thunderbolts assist Heroes of Silent Angels

Posted  February 14, 2014

When most people think of medieval times, knights, and squires, it doesn’t usually also bring modern medical disorders to mind. But the members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms are striving to do just that.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  February 14, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 3 through 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles located in the parking lot of Cactus Cleaners. A Maricopa…

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Fly Over: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, and ‘50 First Dates’

Posted  February 14, 2014

On Netflix: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ I’m always looking for new documentaries to watch, especially food and health-related ones. I ran into a documentary named “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” The title itself caught my attention so I decided to watch it. Juicing – many of us may have heard it’s beneficial for detoxifying…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 14, 2014

Courtesy photo Booker T. Washington “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington How much do you really know about the people around you? Do you know of their past?…

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Health & Safety

Get doc’s opinion on how to treat low back pain

Posted  February 14, 2014

Low back pain is number one in the top ten diagnoses seen by providers at the 56th Medical Group. There are two classifications of back pain: Acute back pain, which lasts up to 12 weeks in duration, or chronic back pain, which lasts more than 12 weeks. Approximately 98 percent of acute low back pain…

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EOD clears range

Posted  February 14, 2014

After a long day of dropping bombs and firing missiles at targets, hard work and caution are needed to clean up the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

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Spiritual resiliency: ‘Smiley Face’ factor masks wounds

Posted  February 14, 2014

There is within all of us a yearning for purpose in life. This yearning drives us to seek success, influence and power, to solve problems, create or better our world. It motivates the athlete to push himself to the limit. It inspires the firefighter to have the courage to rush into a burning building. It…

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Important to respond to SORs

Posted  February 14, 2014

February: Security awareness month The Air Force Central Adjudication Facility is the designated authority to make personnel security determinations that can result in an unfavorable administrative action. A Statement of Reasons is a collection of unfavorable information discovered during a security clearance investigation. The CAF initiates an SOR when a member’s reliability or trustworthiness is…

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