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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 – 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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The Military Family

Posted  August 24, 2012

We all make choices. Some choose to be service members; others choose to be married to one. In my case, I chose both....

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Run to get fit, warrior ready: Keep safety in mind

Posted  August 24, 2012

Running is part of the physical training test and as such, many people on Luke Air Force Base spend much of their PT time running, whether it be on the track or around the base. Running has many health benefits but done incorrectly can cause injuries ranging from blisters to serious life-threatening circumstances. “Proper footwear…

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Fly Over: “The Bourne Legacy”, “Fifty Shades of Gray”

Posted  August 24, 2012

While not as numerous or historic as the Bond films, the Bourne series has become an example of how secret agent movies are done right. They put together all the ingredients like action, espionage, tension and the like without burning it to an inedible mess. So, with their success, it’s no surprise that they wish…

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Competition displays body of work

Posted  August 24, 2012

Members of the master weight division pose for judges Saturday during the 56th Force Support Squadron bodybuilding competition at Luke Air Force Base. The event is held twice a year at the Luke Theater. Female competition winners Bikini short: Olivia Wanzo Bikini tall: Brianne Brown Bikini overall: Brianne Brown Figure short: Lizeth Jimenez Figure overall:…

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Sports Shorts – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 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. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the…

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SFS, EOD join forces in exercise

Posted  August 17, 2012

While many people may be getting ready for bed at 9 p.m. most evenings, on Aug. 8 approximately 40 personnel from the 56th Security Forces Squadron and 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, as well as a few members of local law enforcement, participated in an exercise involving a suspicious package at the security forces building on Luke Air Force Base....

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