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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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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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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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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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Salutes & Awards

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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