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Honorary commanders bid farewell

The United States military is made up of less than 1 percent of the total population, and for most of the other 99 percent, understanding the inner workings of military operations and training is not an option.

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POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

A warm, breezy late summer afternoon offered the backdrop for more than 200 people to be part of the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Retreat ceremony Sept. 19 in front of the wing headquarters building.

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TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently undergone a major overhaul for the first time since its inception in 1989.

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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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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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News Briefs – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Changes of command 56th LRS Lt. Col. Michael Davis, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Erin Cluff at 8 a.m. today in Bldg. 291. 56th SFS Maj. Gerald Mulhollen, 56th Security Forces Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. Sean Gibbs at 2 p.m. today in Club Five Six. 56th…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Senior Airman Amanda Darby 56th Force Support Squadron Services Journeyman

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56th AMXS change of command

Posted  July 6, 2012

Maj. Jason Mitchell renders his first salute after assuming command of the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony June 27 held in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Salutes & Awards

Quarterly awards announced

Posted  July 6, 2012

The following individuals are quarterly award winners:   56th Medical Group Airman: Airman 1st Class Taylor LeBlanc, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Weaver-Cruz, 56th Dental Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Mary Williams, 56th DS Company grade officer: Capt. Heidi Mudzimurema, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. Michael Blowers, 56th MDOS…

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Commissary hits ‘reset’ button on store layout

Posted  July 6, 2012

Shoppers visiting the Luke Air Force Base Commissary June 27 may have walked in feeling like it was the first time they’ve ever visited the store. A packed parking lot worth of customers could be heard asking...

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Thunderbolts recognized for combat contributions

Posted  July 6, 2012

Four Thunderbolts from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron received recognition June 29 for their contributions in combat.

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