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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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People First May 11, 2012

Posted  May 11, 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. Officer development…

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Cactus Starfighter brings fight to range

Posted  May 11, 2012

Staff Sgt. Jacob Torgerson, 116th Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, watches an airstrike he called in during the exercise at the Barry M. Goldwater Range Complex May 3. JTACs let the pilots know if the airstrike was successful or if they need to fly in...

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Street Beat May 11, 2012

Posted  May 11, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 27 through May 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and seven nonmoving violations.   Traffic Related Incidents April 27: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. One traffic ticket was issued…

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The flying V

Posted  May 11, 2012

A formation of seven F-16 Fighting Falcons perform a flyover at Luke Air Force Base April 30. These aircraft represent Luke’s six fighter squadrons and are flying with the 56th Fighter Wing’s flagship aircraft.  

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Mighty Medical MASH BASH

Posted  May 11, 2012

Kai, 4, son of Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Aldridge, 56th Medical Group, goes one-on-one against Airman 1st Class Robert Schlattman, 56th Medical Support Squadron, during a round of pugil sticks at the Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base May 4. The Mash Bash is an event hosted by the 56th MDG that features many activities…

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Health & Safety

Without batting an eye

Posted  May 11, 2012

Airman 1st Class Taylor Leblanc, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry technician, receives a slit lamp examination to check ocular heath at the clinic Apr. 12. The slit lamp is an instrument consisting of high-intensity light that can be focused to shine a thin sheet of light into the eye.

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Salutes & Awards

Fitness center renamed to honor fallen Airman

Posted  May 4, 2012

Team Luke officially renamed its fitness center to the Bryant Fitness Center during a re-dedication ceremony Monday to honor of an Airman killed while serving in a combat zone last year. Lt. Col. Frank Bryant Jr., the fitness center’s namesake, was among the nine Americans killed…

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AETC Commander: Airmen must eliminate sexual assault

Posted  May 4, 2012

Integrity First — it’s our first core value and the cornerstone of our ability to eliminate sexual assault from our service. Integrity is about doing the right thing and as we focus our attention on sexual assault this month, we must renew our commitment to uphold the dignity of, and respect for, every human being….

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Mentorship, our responsibility

Posted  May 4, 2012

Gen. T. Michael Mosley, former chief of staff of the Air Force, introduced in 2007 the new Airman’s Creed that Airmen proudly recite at promotion ceremonies, professional development graduations and other Air Force events. The Airman’s Creed is a reminder of our great heritage that we continue to uphold. We are also reminded of our…

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