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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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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald rides with Thunderbirds

Posted  March 21, 2014

Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, visited Luke Air Force Base March 13 to ride in a Thunderbirds’ jet.

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Thunderbirds make wish come true for AZ children

Posted  March 21, 2014

Children watched in delight March 14 as the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, flew across the skies over Luke Air Force Base. The demonstration team brightened the day for a group of special-needs children during their practice demonstration and meet-and-greet.

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Lightning in the Desert

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota The Thunderbirds performed at Luke Air Force Base during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show.   Senior Airman Jason Colbert Luke Air Force Base F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate close air support, which was simulated with pyrotechnics.   Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota A Thunderbirds jet flies…

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WWII vet returns 70 years after earning wings at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Open House and Air Show is not only a great opportunity for the public to experience the capabilities of the Air Force, but it also draws many who have served their country to reminisce on their active-duty days while checking out their old planes on display. For one World War II veteran, the return to Luke was particularly special.

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

Escorted by two F-16s, Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter arrived a little after 11 a.m. March 11 from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Tex.

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March: Women’s History Month

Posted  March 21, 2014

Courtesy photo Harriet Tubman, woman of conviction, courage Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 and died in 1913. During the days of slavery, she changed lives one slave at a time. Tubman’s name will forever be linked to the underground railroad, which was used prior to the Civil War to help free slaves. She did…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 21, 2014

Courtesy photo “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Is there a “light from within” in you? How is it people see you in the dark…

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Fly Over: ’300: Rise of an Empire’, and ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Posted  March 21, 2014

Now in theaters: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ It’s pretty weird that it took seven years for a sequel to the Greek action film (which I’m pretty sure should be its own genre at this point) “300.” There was a lot surrounding that movie, and in my humble opinion it was a pretty good movie,…

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Flying Fortress makes appearance at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

Marty Novak, B-17G/B-25J Flight crew member, monitors the flight from the tail end of the B-17.   Participants selected to fly in the B-17 commemorative flight prepare to board the plane at the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum located at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.   Capt. Jason Chugg, 56th Training…

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56th LRS provides humanitarian airlift support

Posted  March 21, 2014

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron provided Operations Ukraine Company with support on Monday for a humanitarian airlift of a solar generator going to Gonaives, Haiti.

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