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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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Focus On Appearance June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Body piercings: In uniform, Airmen are prohibited from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry, or ornamentation to or through the ear, nose, tongue, or any exposed body part including visible through the uniform. Women may wear one set of earrings. The same rule applies to all personnel when off duty and on a military…

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Newcomers train from get-go

Posted  June 1, 2012

I have the great honor and privilege of commanding the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, aka Team Roadrunner — “beep beep!” Over the last 24 years I have learned a thing or two that I usually share with my new squadron teammates at our monthly newcomers’ orientation. Now, these items are my opinion and may not…

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month brings Airmen, civilians, cultures together

Posted  June 1, 2012

There are many commemorative months that are celebrated every year, but on May 23 Airmen and civilians came together to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month over food and entertainment...

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Road closure advisory The Maricopa County Department of Transportation will temporarily close Northern Avenue between Litchfield Road and Dysart Road beginning at 3 a.m Tuesday to accommodate new concrete box culvert installation. During this time, Litchfield Road and Dysart Road will remain open. Glendale Avenue or Olive Avenue may be used as an alternate route….

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Rodriguez 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman Hometown: Urbana, Ohio Years in service: Two Family: Husband, Airman 1st Class Miguel Rodriguez Education: Currently attending Rio Salado Community College for bachelor’s degree in nursing…

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Dancer, actress morphs into fighter

Posted  June 1, 2012

When someone says the word fighter what may come to mind is someone who is big, strong or muscular. Well, if those are the only things that come to mind, you will be amazed when meeting the 5'1"...

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Tops in Blue comes to Luke

Posted  June 1, 2012

Coming to Phoenix for one night only, filled with music, dancing and fun. It’s not “American Idol” or “Dancing With the Stars,” it’s the Tops in Blue 2012 show. Tops in Blue is the Air Force premier performing group made up of 35 to 40 of the Air Forces’ most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Health & Safety

Stop drownings, silent killer

Posted  June 1, 2012

Fact: Drowning is the leading cause of death in Arizona among children 1 to 4 years old.   By the numbers  90 - People on average drown in Arizona each year 44 - Water-related incidents have been reported in Maricopa County so far this year 10 - of those 44 were deaths, including four children 2 - Arizona’s rank…

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What’s going into your tank?

Posted  June 1, 2012

Are you putting regular or premium foods in your tank? What you put in your stomach may affect not only your energy levels but your overall health. Similar to how a car’s performance is affected by the type of gas put in it, the human body’s performance can either be increased or decreased depending on…

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Fit Warrior of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Danny Amparan 107th Air Control Squadron Support Equipment Assistant NCO in-charge   1. How do you stay fit? Work out three to four times a week by doing cardio (running) and light weight training. 2. What drives you to keep working out? It feels good to be healthy, and I have to keep…

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