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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.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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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Luke pilot breaks 3,000 hours

Posted  March 27, 2012

Soaring above the skies of Luke Air Force Base, a pilot reached a milestone few pilots can claim throughout their careers. Maj. Saxon Yandell, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, reached his 3,000th F-16 flying hour March 15 after 15 years of flying. While attending the U.S. Air Force Academy he wasn’t sure he…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 30, 2012

Combat fitness course There will be a Hand 2 Hand Combative course conducted by Luke Air Force Base and the U.S. Marine Corps personnel stationed at Luke 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 9 through May 11 at the Luke Fitness Center. Commander approval is required. For more information, call (623) 856-4259. Bunny hop fun run The…

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ALS students get hit to be fit

Posted  March 30, 2012

Members of Airman Leadership School Class 12-3 run toward the center of the court to grab the dodgeballs at the start of the game March 22 in the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center gym. Benjamin Gursky, 607th Air Control Squadron, throws a dodgeball at the opposing team during the ALS workout. Gursky successfully eliminated…

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Say no to tobacco

Posted  March 30, 2012

Children participate in activities during Kick Butts Day March 21 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against tobacco use at more than 1,000 events nationwide. The event included a short movie, various displays and guest…

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Luke exchange shoppers get connected for less

Posted  March 30, 2012

The proliferation and popularity of apps on mobile phones continue to grow at an incredible rate. And, according to a recent exchange poll, military members, with their mobile lifestyle, have a higher propensity to use these tools. As a result, their need for the latest in mobile technology is even greater. To meet military consumers’…

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Fly Over: March 30, 2012

Posted  March 30, 2012

Welcome to the Fly Over, Luke’s source for movie, book, video game, music and all things entertainment reviews. Using a four-point scale, the Thunderbolt staff provides in-depth reviews allowing the viewer an opportunity to decide what new and classic entertainment options are worth their time. The Know a Critic section helps the reader choose critics…

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Viking Challenge raises heart rate, money

Posted  March 31, 2012

Viking Challenge participants run a final lap together as a team to end the 10-hour challenge. Twenty teams participated in the annual challenge raising more than $5,500 for the the enlisted scholarship fund. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron team completed 89 miles and won the challenge. Jennifer Shonkwiler, wife of Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Shonkwiler, 309th…

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Health & Safety

Room of doom

Posted  March 31, 2012

Ron Martin, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services fire chief, briefs first-term Airmen on how to prevent fire hazards in dorm rooms or in the home. The Room of Doom, a three-section room with areas designated as a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, was created to educate individuals on fire and safety in the home….

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Chaplain thoughts…

Posted  March 31, 2012

“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.”   ~ Sandra Day O’Connor R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Numerous events across our great nation over the past couple of months have put the subject of…

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