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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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Health & Safety

Back-to-School? Don’t Forget This!

Posted  August 10, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that most children be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, and measles, mumps and rubella (all in one shot!) All of these diseases can cause serious health problems … and many schools won’t allow children to attend unless they are current on their vaccinations. TRICARE will cover…

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Air Force News – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

Texas Former basic military training instructor Tech. Sgt. Christopher Smith was found guilty of two specifications of unprofessional relationships with two basic trainees. His sentence included 30 days confinement and reduction in rank to airman 1st class.   Mississippi A Keesler Air Force Base medical technician saved a man from drowning while in Helen, Ga….

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People First – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 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.   AF…

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Team puts aircrew safety first

Posted  August 10, 2012

Before every flight takes off, before every pilot steps in an aircraft and even before a student arrives at Luke Air Force Base, a team of professionals makes sure they will be as safe as possible.

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Back-to-school: watch out for kids on roads

Posted  August 10, 2012

Every August thousands of children ages 5 to 18 take to the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session which means school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for children,” said Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager. “There is a mass exodus…

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Fly Over: “Fighting”

Posted  August 10, 2012

The Thunderbolt staff seems to be on a mission to review every movie Channing Tatum has ever done, so I took one for the team and watched “Fighting,” his 2009 film about underground street fighting.

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Fly Over: “Total Recall”

Posted  August 10, 2012

As with many other memorable Arnold Schwarzenegger films, the 1990 sci-fi action movie “Total Recall” is for one reason or another, held in high esteem. Could it be possible that this remake starring Colin Farrell might actually make people forget about the original?

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Living a ‘balanced’ life…

Posted  August 10, 2012

Master Sgt. Percel Crudup, 56th Medical Operations Squadron surgical services flight chief, demonstrates the Trazer at physical therapy.

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Sports

LRS defeats SFS in close game

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron intramural basketball team held off 56th Security Forces Squadron July 31 by winning 57-56 and evened up the regular season series 3-3 over the past six seasons.

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Sports Shorts – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 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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