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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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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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FOD walk on schedule for Thunderbolts

Posted  September 21, 2012

Although small items that tend to get kicked around on the ground every day may seem harmless, they can be deadly to an F-16.....

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Somewhere in France

Posted  September 21, 2012

“Your son Sergeant Roy T. Mitchell was killed in action in the Verdun Muse, offensive September 27, 1918, by an enemy shell. In expression of my sympathy to you and to other bereaved relatives and friends, I voice the sentiments of every man from Franklin in the A.E.F. and particularly those who know him best…

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Performance feedback

Posted  September 21, 2012

How many times have you looked at that line on the enlisted performance report that says, “Last feedback was performed on,” and had that sinking feeling in your stomach? Any experienced Air Force supervisor knows the feeling; the inadequate sensation that comes with overlooking a simple responsibility, albeit one with enormous potential impact. The importance…

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Salutes & Awards

62nd FS graduates 7 in class 12-BBC

Posted  September 21, 2012

Seven officers from class 12-BBC successfully completed the F-16 basic course and will celebrate this momentous accomplishment today with their families, friends, academic instructors and instructor pilots from the 62nd Fighter Squadron.

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Thunderbolt of the Week – Sept. 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Senior Airman Andrew Carr 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Pest Management Journeyman Hometown: Wanette, Okla. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Abigail; and son, Connor, 1 month Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: Without my family, I probably never would have considered this path Goals: Obtain a Community…

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Bowling champions, clinic draws crowd

Posted  September 21, 2012

Norm Duke, professional bowler, demonstrates how to plant the feet when bowling Sunday during the Next Level Bowling clinic at Thunderbolt Lanes on Luke Air Force Base. The clinic included on-lane instruction with Duke and bowling pro Randy Pedersen along with a trick shot exhibition, challenge match, and photo and autograph session. Two champion bowlers,…

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Young maintainer rises to top of MXG

Posted  September 21, 2012

Luke Air Force Base’s top maintainer spent his childhood hopping from location to location as a “Navy brat.” Though he was never quite sure where his family’s travels would take him, he knew where he wanted to land as an adult.

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Airmen urged to re-enlist, extend current enlistments before MilPDS upgrade

Posted  September 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are urging Regular Air Force Airmen who are eligible to re-enlist or extend their current enlistment in December and early January 2013 to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections or force support squadrons by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays…

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Health & Safety

Improved system puts bug in ear about referrals

Posted  September 21, 2012

The Military Health System recently implemented a new referral reminder system for patients assigned to Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Clinic primary care managers who have a referral for specialty care. The new referral reminder system, implemented in July, will help identify incomplete referrals and improve receipt of medical records by the clinic after specialty…

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Street Beat – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following issues Sept. 7 through 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 15 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in the commissary parking lot. Sept. 8: Security forces responded to a report of a…

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