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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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News Briefs – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

62nd FS change of command Lt. Col. Brian Jackson, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann at 8 a.m. Aug. 10 in Hangar 1022.   MSG commander’s call The 56th Mission Support Group will hold a commander’s call 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the base theater. As a result,…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Public Affairs Specialist

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56th MOS change of command

Posted  July 27, 2012

Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. James Schieser during the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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MXG announces awards

Posted  July 27, 2012

The following individual or units are quarterly best-of-the-best award winners:   Foreign object debris prevention program Individual: Senior Airman Thang Huyhn, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Flightline: 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Backshop: 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron FOD poster: Staff Sgt. Troy Anderson, 56th EMS   Quality assurance TAMS: 308th AMU Specialist: 62nd AMU Weapons: 62nd AMU…

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Street Beat – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 13 through 19:

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Health & Safety

Mouth guard may save pearly whites

Posted  July 27, 2012

The Tooth Fairy loves to visit at night and leave money in exchange for teeth that have fallen out, right? But, you wouldn’t want her to visit uninvited just because that hockey stick blind-sided you in the face at yesterday’s game. Now you’re two teeth shy of a perfect grill (smile) because you chose not…

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Justice Report – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June:   Courts-martial A senior airman was found guilty of Article 92, failure to obey general regulation by wrongful use of bath salts, two specifications of Article 112a, wrongful use of a controlled substance and Article 128,…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  July 27, 2012

Capt. Mark Vahle, 308th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, speaks with pilot for a day Jensen Harris, 13, July 18, and her mother during the pilot for a day event at Luke Air Force Base. Vahle took Harris to...

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Air Force News – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Colorado An Air Force Reservist was killed and another was wounded during the mass shooting at an Aurora theater July 20. Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, was among the 12 fatalities and another Air Force Reservist was among 58 wounded during a midnight shooting rampage at the Century 16 multiplex, about 10 miles from downtown…

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People First – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 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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