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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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What kind of leader are you?

Posted  August 24, 2012

What type of leader are you? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question, “What type of leader am I?” If so, how would you answer? Would you say you’re a team leader, a motivator or a person who inspires? Better yet, if your Airmen were asked what kind of leader you were, what…

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Network operations center working hard to make AFNet migration happen

Posted  August 24, 2012

At Luke Air Force Base there’s been a noticeable amount of email notifications sent from the 56th Communications Squadron to prepare base members for the Air Force Network migration. According to Air Force officials, the AFNet migration will improve security, save money and give members permanent email addresses. “The most obvious difference is that email…

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In Brief – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Meet the bowling pros A Next Level clinic and exhibition event is Sept. 16. Session I is 9 a.m. to noon. Session II is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Thunderbolt Bowling Center. Meet Norm Duke and Randy Pedersen, professional bowlers who provide video analysis of individuals’ games, on-lane instruction, trick shot exhibition, challenge match, and…

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Thunderbolt of the week – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Staff Sgt. Kevin Carpenter II 56th Dental Squadron Oral maxillofacial surgery assistant Hometown: Aviano, Italy Years in service: Six Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Community College Previous assignments: Ramstein Air Base, Germany Inspirations: My dad, a retired Air Force senior master sergeant Goals: To become a military…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted  August 24, 2012

Editor’s note: This article was published July 19 by Air Force News on the Air Force Public Homepage: http://www.af.mil. Here’s a simple truth … sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,”…

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Health & Safety

West Nile Virus prevention

Posted  August 24, 2012

In the peak of summer dealing with itchy mosquito bites can be irritating, but getting bit by a mosquito with West Nile Virus can cause more than temporary irritation. It can be life-threatening. As of Tuesday, Arizona has had seven cases of the disease that involved the nervous system and five that did not, and…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

“(God) has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth. He has given to our country a faith which has become the hope of all peoples in an anguished world.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt There is no question God has blessed this great nation. We…

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Street Beat – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for ten moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 14: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 954. There were no injuries. Aug. 15: Security forces responded to a report…

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Retirement options available for Airmen, federal employees

Posted  August 24, 2012

Saving money for retirement may seem overwhelming, but there is help for military personnel and federal employees. Some of the retirement plans available are the Thrift Savings Plan, Roth Individual Retirement Account and the new Roth Thrift Savings Plan option, which is scheduled to be available to Air Force and Army personnel in October, according…

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People First – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. High year…

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