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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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Street Beat – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 17 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 17: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at the intersection of Super Sabre Street and Fight Country Avenue. One individual was transported…

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Fly Over: “Killer Joe”, “Hope Springs”

Posted  August 31, 2012

In theaters: The plot is simple enough. The acting is great, but there is something frustrating about the Lone Star state. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) asks his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) “what’s so special about Texas? What is there to do here? It’s big, there’s lots of space to walk.” It sounds rather boring and…

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AMDS squeaks by EMS/ARM 2-1 in wallyball contest

Posted  August 31, 2012

Kenrick Edmund, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight, sets up his teammate during the first game of the wallyball championship Aug. 21 at the Bryant Fitness Center on Luke Air Force Base. EMS defeated the 56th Medical Group 25-24.  Joshua White, 56th AMDS, attempts to block a hit by Charles Smith, 56th EMS.   Emil…

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Sports Shorts – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14, and receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call (623) 856-9334. Combat PT bowling Combat PT…

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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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