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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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Learning ‘moving rules’ makes for better PCS experience

Posted  June 29, 2012

Last summer was a busy moving season, and this upcoming season promises to be the same for Airmen making a permanent change-of-station move. To alleviate any potential loss or damage to household goods, members who are moving should learn the rules under which household goods are moved, and prepare for a potential moving claim. Long…

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Health & Safety

Downing fluids before running helps keep body hydrated, healthy

Posted  June 29, 2012

Summer’s here, temperatures are rising and for runners, it is important to stay hydrated to increase performance and prevent illness during and after a run. “When you’re running in a hot environment, you sweat, and as a result your blood volume decreases, so less blood returns to your heart,” said Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group…

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Fit Warrior of the Week – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

1st Lt. Joe Miller 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Project Management officer-in-charge

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Chaplain thoughts – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

  “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” ~ John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)   Americans willing to put their country before themselves is the epitome of patriotism. As we approach the Fourth of July, let us truly celebrate and remember…

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Air Force News – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

New Mexico A KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew was cast in a sort of supporting role for a military channel television program while performing an air refueling mission in the skies above New Mexico. A film crew was on board the AC-130H during the mission to shoot footage for a show that will feature the gunship.  …

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People First – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 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.   AFSAS…

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Events

FSS offers summer of fun

Posted  June 29, 2012

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Len Sandell practices June 12 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course driving range. Falcon Dunes offers an 18-hole...

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Salutes & Awards

Farewell flight

Posted  June 29, 2012

Col. Douglas Miller, 56th Operations Group commander, gets a celebratory spray-down after his fini flight Wednesday at Luke Air Force Base. Miller relinquishes command to Col. John Hanna in a ceremony...

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Local

Street Beat – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 15 through 21:

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Health & Safety

Luke exchange makes good health its business

Posted  June 29, 2012

Understanding that a large part of the military’s focus is on a fit mind and body to ensure top performance, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service values the importance of wellness. To that end, the exchange is feeding shoppers’ minds with information. Healthy nutrition options, fitness programs, family activities and overall wellness information are…

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