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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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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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Biosphere 2: Where science lives

Posted  July 13, 2012

Biosphere 2 offers one of Time Life’s 50 must-see “Wonders of the World,” and a great weekend destination right in our own backyard.

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Health & Safety

TRICARE travel tips: keeping members covered

Posted  July 13, 2012

When you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is your medical coverage. These five small steps can help you avoid unexpected issues during your travels – even if you change TRICARE regions.   Keep DEERS updated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System record is the key…

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Command post

Posted  July 13, 2012

Senior Airman Tyler Rawlings runs a quick-reaction checklist as Senior Airman Austin Kelley broadcasts the termination of an in-flight emergency over the 56th Fighter Wing commander’s net at the command post.

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Fitness center offers Thunderbolts ways to exert

Posted  July 13, 2012

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during her workout routine July 3 at the Combat PT Center.

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Sports Shorts – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Scuba diving classes Two-day scuba diving classes will be held Saturday and Sunday, and Sept. 1 and 2 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $99 and includes all instruction materials and equipment. For more information or to sign up, call (623) 856-7120.   Youth dance class A youth dance class teaching hip-hop, stepping and…

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OG leadership changes hands

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Douglas Miller relinquished command of the 56th Operations Group to Col. John Hanna during a ceremony held June 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Hanna joins Team Luke after serving as the director of the...

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Focus on Appearance – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Hairstyles:  Women may not have military high-and-tight or flat-top haircuts. The minimum length is one inch and hair will not exceed three inches in bulk. Men’s hair must have a tapered appearance on the sides and back. With and without headgear, hair will not exceed one and a quarter-inch in bulk, regardless of length, and…

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Team, leadership successfully draw down preventive health at Joint Base Balad

Posted  July 6, 2012

Preventive health members from Luke Air Force Base, Lackland AFB, Texas, and Kirtland AFB, N.M., were lucky enough to have the opportunity to deploy during the closure of vaunted Joint Base Balad during the June through November 2011 rotation. For some, it was their first deployment; for others, it was another in a long line…

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756th AMXS COC

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, and Lt. Col. James Upchurch, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, salute June 28 as Upchurch assumes command of the 756th AMXS during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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Marines provide joint training

Posted  July 6, 2012

Five Airmen and three Navy Seabees joined 44 Marines June 15 through 29 in advancing their leadership skills during a condensed two-week Corporals’ Course at Luke Air Force Base. The course is designed to help E-4s transition into leadership roles as junior NCOs. Though the course was condensed, nothing was left out of the curriculum,…

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