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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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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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Yard of the Month, August 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

The Garrard family, Khloe, 1; Justus, 3; and Heather (not pictured is Tech. Sgt. Adam Garrard, 56th Fighter Wing Foreign Object Debris prevention NCO-in-charge), pose for a photo after receiving the “Yard of the Month” award from the Balfour Beatty Communities inspection program Aug. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The Yard of the Month…

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There’s no ‘Abby’ in basement

Posted  August 31, 2012

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations doesn’t have a highly trained forensic expert in the basement like Abby in the hit TV series “NCIS,” but they do have something in common — uncovering the facts.

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New command chief touts face-to-face leadership

Posted  August 31, 2012

Enlisted men and women at Luke Air Force Base have a new ambassador. Chief Master Sgt. Dave Staton, the 56th Fighter Wing’s new command chief, arrived July 31 with clear expectations of Luke Airmen. “I expect everybody at every level to be a leader,” he said. “I have some pretty big expectations for NCOs and…

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Leaders must empower those who follow

Posted  August 31, 2012

As military officers, we exist as part of a chain-of-command. As part of that chain we are both responsible to those above us in the chain, to meet their expectations and follow their directions, while at the same time empowering the people below us to make their own decisions and allowing them to grow in…

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Base services provided for Luke Airmen

Posted  August 31, 2012

Charles Jennings, retired master sergeant, cuts wood for a gate he is building using a chop saw at the Luke Air Force Base Wood Hobby Shop. Jennings has saved money and enjoyed a hobby while building several household items. For Airmen who are at Luke Air Force Base for the first time or are not…

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Effective leadership requires both iron hand, velvet glove

Posted  August 31, 2012

Gen. George Patton said, “A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.” In short, as varied the situations we find ourselves in as leaders, so too are the potential approaches we take to leadership. When I was entrusted to serve as the 56th Medical Group’s first sergeant, my first emotions were fear…

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In Brief – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month events Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. This year’s theme is “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today.” The committee is featuring the following events: Sept. 7 at 7 a.m. golf tournament at Falcon Dunes Golf Course Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. opening ceremony breakfast at Club Five Six Sept….

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Briefings, checklist fill hours prior to deployment

Posted  August 24, 2012

The time comes when every Airman is placed in a tempo-band. For Airmen who become tasked for a deployment, the Installation Deployment Readiness Center provides briefings and a checklist, which contains requirements the Airman must fulfill in order to deploy. “We ensure Airmen complete all predeployment requirements prior to departure so they can focus on…

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted  August 24, 2012

The days were long and hot in southern Louisiana. There was a lot of information packed into those three months, and I still didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Afghanistan.....

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Make life after death choices now

Posted  August 24, 2012

The concept of life after death can vary from person to person. As the Luke Air Force Base mortuary officer, this concept has a new meaning for me. One of my principle responsibilities is to take care of the people who will care for you and your loved ones if you were to die while…

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