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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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Thunderbolts save volts

Posted  September 12, 2014

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE A solar array panel stands on a dormitory roof Sept. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. There are currently four active solar arrays on base. The solar array shown will produce hot water to the dormitory. With resources dwindling and the earth’s population growing, it has never been more important to save…

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News Briefs September 12, 2014

Posted  September 12, 2014

GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept. 28 and reopen at midnight Oct. 1. For more information, email Staff Sgt. Bradley Ahlemeyer at bradley.ahlemeyer@us.af.mil or call 623-856-7391. Quit tobacco for 31 days The Stoptober Challenge is to be smoke free for the month of October….

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 12, 2014

Staff Sgt. Samantha Renner 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distribution Supervisor Hometown: Fremont, Nebraska Years in service: Eight Family: Parents, Steve and Star Renner, and sister, Danielle Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in logistics Inspirations: My parents taught me to do what I love and to fight for what I believe in…

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ALS graduates 29 from Class 14-6

Posted  September 12, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 29 senior airmen Aug. 28 from Class 14-6. The award winners are: John Levitow Award: Gregory Ferreira, 162nd Fighter Wing Distinguished graduates: Benjamin Collins, 56th Operations Support Squadron; and Kelly Vasel, 56th Medical Support Squadron Commandant’s award: Marcos Chacon, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Academic achievement award winner:…

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CES builds, maintains Luke’s ‘house’

Posted  September 12, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA William St. Bernard, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering equipment operator, and Airman 1st Class Daniel Zimmerman, 56th CES Structure, fixes and replaces concrete in sidewalk gutters Sept. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The most high-tech gadget will malfunction or break down every now and then, but when it does break…

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Ice bucket challenge – What does DOD say?

Posted  September 12, 2014

If you have been following social media lately, you’ve seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over your newsfeed and Instagram. This has become an internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Many military members have been taking…

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Luke gets drenched

Posted  September 12, 2014

The water level creeps toward the 56th Fighter Wing headquarters building Monday on Luke Air Force Base. Flooding areas around Luke, nearly four inches of rain fell during the late monsoon season storm. It was joined by weather that originated in the Pacific Ocean from Hurricane Norbert.

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Health & Safety

PTs human body ‘maintainers’

Posted  September 12, 2014

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Kellie Kasischke, 56th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy NCO in charge, teaches Courtney Barns, 11, daughter of Maj. David Barns, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain, how to properly use crutches Aug. 22 at the Luke Air Force Base Medical Clinic. Similar to how a jet needs to be maintained, the human…

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‘Hey, are you OK?’

Posted  September 12, 2014

September is Suicide Prevention Month in the Air Force, and focuses on encouraging Airmen to get to know their wingmen and to have the courage to ask someone, “Hey are you OK?” Sometimes, all it takes to avoid the tragedy of someone committing suicide is to ask the person, “Are you all right.” To someone…

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Signs of suicidal thoughts

Posted  September 12, 2014

Always talking or thinking about death Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating Having a “death wish” by tempting fate via taking risks that could lead to death such as driving fast or running red lights Losing interest in the things one used to care about Making comments about being…

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