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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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Chaplain thoughts – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

“Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” ~ John Hancock Imagine that just by signing your name to a document in essence you were signing your own death sentence. That is the price that John…

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Command Priorities

Posted  September 28, 2012

Commands at all levels have priorities, which serve to focus an organization’s efforts. Here is an overview of priorities for the Air Force, Air Education and Training Command and the 56th Fighter Wing.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat and Justice Report – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following issues Sept. 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 18: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1130. Sept. 20: Security forces responded to an off-base accident at Glendale Avenue…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Staying fit and keeping active: a busy week at Luke

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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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