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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…

5-Heart Health & Safety

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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Luke AFB selected for F-35A pilot training

Posted  August 3, 2012

It’s official, the F-35 is coming to Luke Air Force Base. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced Wednesday that Luke AFB has been chosen as the location of the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II...

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Leadership, take care of people

Posted  August 3, 2012

Leadership sometimes comes to those who really didn’t expect it and for the most part probably didn’t ask for it. But, when the opportunity arises, take it and run with it.

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Focus on Appearance – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Did you know… Artwork known as tattoos and brands, anywhere on the body, that are obscene or advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination are prohibited in and out of uniform. Tattoos and brands that are prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature that tends to bring discredit upon the Air Force…

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Airman, child survive car crash

Posted  August 3, 2012

A 56th Security Forces Squadron Airman, his two-year-old daughter and another passenger survived a rollover accident sustaining only minor injuries July 16 while driving home from Disneyland. He credits the training he received through a safety course on base.

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News Briefs – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsachapter1260.weebly.com or call Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow at (623) 856-2985.   Military family fun night There is a military family fun night 5 to 7:30 p.m….

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Thunderbolt of the Week – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

“Airman Garza combines a professional and dedicated work ethic with an infectious positive attitude that sets the tone for her office,” said Col. John Hanna, 56th OG commander.

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Air Force announces E-5 selects

Posted  August 3, 2012

The Air Force announced E-5 promotions Thursday. More than 13,400 senior airmen — 40 percent of those eligible — have been selected for promotion. The following senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant at Luke Air Force Base:   56th Fighter Wing Christopher Hatch, Melanie Holochwost, Austin Kelley, Chelsie Nelson and Jessica…

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56th MDG invites healthcare leaders to Luke

Posted  August 3, 2012

The 56th Medical Group held an executives healthcare seminar July 26 at Club Five Six. “Our primary purpose was to allow Arizona's...

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CCAF announces solution to residency requirement

Posted  August 3, 2012

Airmen who attend a Defense Department or Tri-Service technical school can earn their Community College of the Air Force degree sooner than once thought.

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Chaplain thoughts – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

  “For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.” ~ Mary Lou Retton   Wow … not displayed on the mantle, not kept in a curio, not even hanging up in a shadow box? Out of sight for no one to see. So much blood,…

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