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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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Local

Wild Ducks fly east for spring training

Posted  March 27, 2012

Ducks may not have teeth, but try telling them they can’t bite. The Air Force version of the Grapefruit league’s best got to see what their Cactus League brothers had to offer on the Florida panhandle last week. Almost 90 Airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron and aircraft maintenance unit’s Wild Ducks…

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Salutes & Awards

Graydon Williams award winner announced

Posted  March 27, 2012

Senior Master Sgt. Steve Brook, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager, was selected as the 2011 Graydon Williams Award recipient. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee presented the award during a recent luncheon held at Club Five Six…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety Ground safety technician, Hometown: West Mansfield, Ohio, Years in service: Seven Family: Wife, Krissy, Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado and a bachelor’s degree at University of Ottawa, Previous…

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Sports

MDG ‘sticks’ it to Navy in B-ball

Posted  March 27, 2012

L.J. Magee goes through a defender March 12 in an intramural basketball game against Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group defeated Navy 53-33. Guy McAdams, goes for a lay-up during an intramural basketball game March 12 against the Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The play resulted in a foul and…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 27, 2012

Start Smart baseball Start Smart Baseball is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program at 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through April 25 at the youth center. Parents work one-on-one with their child. The cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. Space is limited. Sign up now. For more information, call (623) 856-7470. Bunny…

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Events

In Brief, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Blue Cross Blue Shield Q&A A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available 10 to 11:30 a.m. today in Bldg. 1150, Room 1163, to answer health care coverage questions for federal civilian employees. For more information, call Kristina Rightweiser at (623) 856-2120. Lose weight Get up in elevation to get down in pounds…

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Health & Safety

Medical team goes Lean to save

Posted  March 27, 2012

Do you like long waits for medical appointments? I didn’t think so. The 56th Medical Group doesn’t like you waiting either, and they chose to do something about it. They decided to get “Lean.” More than 40 students from a handful of Air Force bases attended the Lean For Healthcare course taught March 5 to 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students included…

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Commentary

Good foundation must for leading

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its simplistic form, leadership is defined as getting others to do what you want. Those who follow this thought process typically revert to using conniving tactics to persuade their followers. Many view this as a shortcut to leadership and find it being an ineffective way to lead, without any long-term value. To build a…

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Leadership is action, not position

Posted  March 27, 2012

I recently read a quote in an article that I believe defines a true leader. The quote is from Donald H. McGannon and says, “Leadership is action, not position.” This phrase epitomizes my leadership philosophy; specifically, I feel people are leaders by virtue of what they do, not the authority they are given or the…

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Medal of Honor recipient visits Luke, speaks to 308th Fighter Squadron

Posted  March 27, 2012

A Medal of Honor recipient who earned distinction as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War visited the 308th Fighter Squadron March 16 at Luke Air Force Base.
James Fleming, 69, who retired as a colonel in 1996…

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