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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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Fly Over: ‘500 Days of Summer’

Posted  May 4, 2012

There’s no such thing as love. It’s a fantasy. So proclaims Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) in the 2009 romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer,” a poignant meditation on love, relationships and heartbreak. Deschanel, who has recently become a bit of a feminist cultural touchstone and currently stars in the FOX series “New Girl,” is perfectly…

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Luke hosts second annual ‘roadeo’

Posted  May 4, 2012

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron hosted the second annual Southwest Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants “Roadeo” Saturday at the Luke Air Force Base 56th LRS POL compound. According to Tech. Sgt. Abel Telles, 56th LRS fuels supervisor, the goal of this event was to get back to the basics of training, while maintaining and preparing seasoned…

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Dental benefits for use of natural sweetener

Posted  May 4, 2012

We have all been through them – those annual dental check-ups. While waiting for your name to be called you try to do a brief recollection of your oral hygiene routine. It may go a little something like this: brushed teeth, check; flossed this morning, check. But did you know that oral hygiene is not…

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Chaplain thoughts May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

“I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come, it now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship.” ~ Peter Marshall  Peter Marshall was chaplain to the U.S. Senate shortly after the end of World War II. Unfortunately, not a lot seems to…

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Fun, fitness in store for Thunderbolts

Posted  May 4, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Exchange is bringing giveaways and specials to the 2012 Family Fun and Fitness Festival 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday. Authorized shoppers can join in the fun by visiting the commissary parking lot and entering to win exercise equipment, bikes, fishing combos, golf accessories and more. In addition…

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To the point

Posted  May 4, 2012
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Luke, DM champions face-off

Posted  May 4, 2012

After a long fought battle Davis-Monthan Air Force Base defeated Luke AFB 34-31 in an intramural basketball game Friday at the Luke AFB gym that decided which base had the better team. The 308th Aircraft...

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Sports Shorts May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

Warrior PT challenge The 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center is holding a Warrior PT Challenge 6 a.m. to noon today at the ability to survive and operate center. Four-member teams will compete for a $10 entry fee. For more information or to sign up, call (623) 856-2291.    Summer, fall leagues forming Adult…

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310th FS hosts Cactus Starfighter X

Posted  April 27, 2012

The 310th Fighter Squadron is hosting the Cactus Starfighter 12-1 close air support exercise Monday through May 4 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range. Along with Air Force there will be service members from the Army and Marines participating as well. “Two of the units participating are from Camp Murray, Wash., with air support operations…

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NCO squanders six-figure nest egg

Posted  April 27, 2012

It sounds almost unbelievable, and I hope the headline grabs your attention, but unfortunately it is true. I, and many of my fellow squadron commanders, have had the responsibility of informing NCOs that not only would they be out of work, but they have also lost the opportunity to collect a $2000-plus per month retirement…

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