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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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Luke IP selected for Thunderbird assignment

Posted  June 8, 2012

The Thunderbirds are the U.S. Air Force’s premier air demonstration team; from the pilots to the maintainers, they represent the best the Air Force has to offer. One Luke Airman was recently selected to...

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Like Boy Scouts, be prepared

Posted  June 8, 2012

The Air Force does a great job in preparing Airmen when a deployment tasking comes down. Our members perform weapons qualification, ancillary training and even enact wills and powers-of-attorney for family members. The irony of this issue is that we do this to get ready for a deployment, but many Airmen forget to stay prepared…

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History in flesh better than reading about it

Posted  June 8, 2012

Recently, I had the unprecedented opportunity to spend an evening socializing with veterans and family members whose life experiences spanned nine decades. The social brought together an Auschwitz and Holocaust survivor, a D-Day and concentration camp liberator, a Pearl Harbor survivor, a...

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Marine, AF pilots temporarily swap services

Posted  June 8, 2012

Two instructor pilots at Luke Air Force Base are currently on very similar, rare and overlapping career paths. Meet Marine Corps Maj. Jason Ladd and Air Force Capt. Michael McGrew. Both are assigned to the...

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News Briefs June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

56th MDSS change of command Lt. Col. Scott Suckow, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. Gregory Coleman at 10 a.m. June 15 in the Navy Operational Support Center Drill Hall. Due to the ceremony, some delays in patient services should be expected.   310th FS change of command Lt. Col. Todd…

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309th FS change of command

Posted  June 8, 2012

Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher assumes command of the 309th Fighter Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony May 24 at Luke Air Force Base.

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CES reduces energy to save money

Posted  June 8, 2012

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will receive approximately $54,500 from an energy program by reducing the amount of electricity Luke Air Force Base uses from June 1 to Sept. 30. It’s estimated that Luke will help with a megawatt-hour reduction if called upon in the four-month period. The energy program is called Peak Solutions Program…

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Chaplain thoughts June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

  “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”  ~ Corrie ten Boom   What we invest in ourselves, our families, our friends, and those we supervise is part of what defines our life. How have you invested yourself? The dash between the years of birth and death tell…

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56th DS sinks teeth into mission

Posted  June 8, 2012

More than 8,000 people in Alabama received free dental treatment from total and joint forces April 29 through May 12 as part of “Operation Alabama Black Belt 2012.” Master Sgt. Lee Walton, 56th Dental...

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