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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the week – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Staff Sgt. Diann Cunningham 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Unit training manager Hometown: Glendale, Ariz. Years in service: Seven Family: Husband, Joseph; and son, Joshua, 3 Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University; Community College of the Air Force degrees in electronic systems technology and education and training management Previous assignments: Spangdahlem, Germany Inspirations:…

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Sports

Airman wins tournament by one-stroke

Posted  August 17, 2012

A 56th Training Squadron Airman proves that age doesn’t matter when he defeated an opponent 18 years younger and won the 88th Arizona Amateur Championship at Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz....

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Air Force News – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Combat training supports 21st century strategy As the nation winds down from a decade of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Defense Department is shifting its focus to the future and recently introduced new strategic guidance describing the projected security environment and key military missions for which the department will prepare. “Our strategy review…

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Health & Safety

It’s not all about cardio

Posted  August 17, 2012

When one thinks about getting a fit, toned body what comes to mind may be spending countless hours on the treadmill or track, since it’s said that cardio is the most effective way to burn fat and calories. But what one may not know is strength training is equally important....

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USB devices ‘non grata’ to DOD computers

Posted  August 17, 2012

The use of USB flash drives is prohibited on Defense Department systems. Below are the most frequently asked questions: Q. What’s the harm if I’m just using a little power? A. Anything that plugs into a government system via USB can draw power, as well as transfer data. Q. But I turned it off. So…

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Commentary

Planning finances pays off big-time

Posted  August 17, 2012

For those living paycheck to paycheck or wondering where all the money goes every month, making a budget may be worth looking into. Budgeting can allow for financial freedom, according to Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist. “A properly executed budget with enough income to cover all…

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People First – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 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. Program to…

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Local

Street Beat – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 3 through 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at Bldg. 1223. There were no injuries. Aug. 9: Security forces responded to a report…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

“You must love soldiers in order to understand them, and understand them in order to lead them.” ~Henri Turenne

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Welsh ‘humbled’ to serve as Air Force chief of staff

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service’s 20th chief in a ceremony here Aug. 10. Gen. Mark Welsh III, a 36-year Airman, stepped into the position, taking over for Gen. Norton Schwartz, who also retired from the Air Force during the ceremony....

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