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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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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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Sports

SFS defeats CMS 13-6

Posted  June 22, 2012

Christopher White, 56th Security Forces Squadron, makes the catch, but Marty Wygant, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, crosses first base and is safe during the intramural softball game June 12 at the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center softball field.

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Sports Shorts June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

UFC Fight Night Doors open for the UFC Fight Night at 5:30 p.m., preliminary bouts are 7 p.m. and the main event is 9 p.m. Saturday at Club Five Six live on pay-per-view. Admission is free. For more information, call (623) 856-6446.   Swim meet Sign up for the Luke Air Force Base summer swim…

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Salutes & Awards

Journey to Purple Heart spans decades

Posted  June 15, 2012

There is an old saying, “It’s better late than never.” After 67 years, World War II veteran Army Staff Sgt. Carlyle Gardner, who served almost three years in the war, was presented a Purple Heart and POW medal by...

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Air Force

ACC TRSS, Det. 9 moves to Luke

Posted  June 15, 2012

The Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron, Detachment 9 supports the initial training for units such as the 607th Air Control Squadron. In total, Det. 9 supports 17 ACS units across the Air Force. The primary mission of Det. 9 is to develop, maintain and support the courseware and syllabi for the 607th ACS training….

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Salutes & Awards

O-6 selections announced

Posted  June 15, 2012

The following majors have been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel:   56th Fighter Wing Paul Dambrauskas and Ryan Nudi   56th Operations Group Doyle Pompa   56th Operations Support Squadron James Govin   62nd Fighter Squadron Craig Andrle   309th FS Brandon Roth and Matthew Warner   310th FS Brian Macfarlane and Donald Siegmund…

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Commentary

56th CONS civilian salutes military father’s lessons

Posted  June 15, 2012

When I was a senior in high school, my father served as the Hill Air Force Base commander. Understandably, the unwelcomed public scrutiny of a teenager’s life that occurs when your father is the base commander naturally created tension at times. As my father approaches his 80th birthday though, my reflection on that period provides…

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Don’t be shy: If you write it, own it

Posted  June 15, 2012

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Two past stories on the Air Force’s web page drew significant reaction in the site’s comments section. Both a story on finance troops being awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the news that Air Force Space Command was ending wear of flight suits by nonaircrew personnel drove more comments than any…

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Salutes & Awards

107th ACS graduates 500th student

Posted  June 15, 2012

Since August 2000, the 107th Air Control Squadron has been in Arizona producing enlisted weapons directors that provide ground control for military aircraft, and June 8 they graduated their 500th student.

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Health & Safety

Strong families plan for change

Posted  June 15, 2012

Bumps, cuts and bruises are all part of any child’s life. Dealing with deployments and multiple moves and school changes are all part of a military child’s life. As a result, parents strive for consistency. They want safety and happiness. But what do you do when the family gets bumped, cut and bruised along the…

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Events

News Briefs June 15, 2012

Posted  June 15, 2012

Changes of command 310th FS Lt. Col. Todd Murphy, 310th Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler at 8 a.m. today in Bldg. 913. 56th MDSS Lt. Col. Scott Suckow, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. Gregory Coleman at 10 a.m. today in the Navy Operational Support…

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