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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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Summer, packed with possibilities

Posted  June 1, 2012

S.T.E.P.S for success camp
Youth learn basic skills needed to land a job or career during the S.T.E.P.S for success teen camp 1 to 3 p.m. June 4 through 8. Free to youth center members.

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Fly Over: ‘The Dictator’

Posted  June 1, 2012

He’s back, fake beard and all. This time, Sacha Baron Cohen plays General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, supreme leader of the African, oil-rich, fictional country of Wadiya. As Aladeen, Cohen insults as many cultures, religions, countries and species as possible in 83 minutes. So, if you are easily offended, skip this one. However, for those of…

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Fly Over: ‘The Avengers’

Posted  June 1, 2012

If you’re like me, you have been anticipating the release of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” I can, without a doubt, tell you that I was not disappointed when I finally dragged my husband to the show with popcorn in hand.

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Luke automated switchboard service

Posted  June 1, 2012

An automated system is currently in place to posture Luke for the termination of live switchboard services. When callers dial (623) 856-1110, 896-1110, or 0, they will be introduced to the automated service. Developed call trees will continue to be monitored and modified as customer feedback is received. A list of “Quick Reference” phone numbers…

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Cookie drop

Posted  June 1, 2012

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Biel, Bulk Fuel Company C training chief, receives a case of Girl Scout Cookies May 23 from Savannah Hale, Troop 1219 member, at Luke Air Force Base.

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Feeding Thunderbolts

Posted  June 1, 2012

Senior Airman Michael O’Neil, 56th Force Support Squadron Food Services journeyman, prepares a meal for Airmen during lunch time at Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility.

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Memorial Day Murph

Posted  June 1, 2012

Kris Lacson, 56th Force Support Squadron, performs pushups during the Memorial Day Murph at the Luke Air Force Base track May 28. Each participant did 100 pullups, 200 pushups and 300 squats.

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Sports Shorts June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Tom Kuyper B-ball camp Youth, ages 8 to 14, learn fundamental basketball skills from Coach Tom Kuyper during the camp 1 to 4 p.m. June 25 through 29 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The cost is $10 per member due at sign-up no later than June 22. For more information, call (623) 856-7470….

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Defenders remember fallen brothers

Posted  May 24, 2012

An annual security forces retreat ceremony occurred May 17 at the Luke Air Force Base flag pole, in memory of  the 18 Airmen who lost their lives May 15, 1975. Many may not know or fully understand the history of the Mayaguez incident and why even 37 years later it still lingers within the thoughts…

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Thank you, Thunderbolts

Posted  May 24, 2012

Greetings Team Luke! Wow, what can I say, time flies when you’re having fun … this has been a superb ride. Unfortunately for me, I am at the end of a phenomenal tour having to leave a magnificent community. As we depart, I just want to say “thanks” to all for your acceptance, support, teamwork…

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