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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…

5-Heart Health & Safety

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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How to know everything, yet know nothing

Posted  September 5, 2014

You have probably heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” What does this really mean? I’ve personally heard it referenced when discussing promotions, but I’ve also heard it when talking about getting things done. These are really interrelated. If you can work your boss’s boss’s priority, you can become your…

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Airmen help pilots survive in wilderness

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Chris Long, 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman, conducts a built-in test for the URT-44 personnel locator beacon, which is part of the survival kit that ejects along with the pilot. The test ensures the beacon is in proper working order. There are many measures taken…

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News Briefs

Posted  September 5, 2014

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Michael Hohn at 623-856-3812. GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept….

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airman Dewayne Law 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew egress systems journeyman Hometown: Ft. Stewart, Georgia Years in service: Five Family: One daughter Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Osan AB, South Korea Inspirations: God, mom and daughter Goals: Get a degree in digital cinematography Greatest feat: Being a…

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Close call in AOR didn’t discourage Airman

Posted  September 5, 2014

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Alten Hayes poses for a photo during his deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. A rocket landed 60 feet away from his position but did not activate. This Indiana native wanted to be part of something bigger in life. His high school graduation date was coming up and he had to make a…

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Luke Exchange shoppers have their say

Posted  September 5, 2014

To constantly improve the level of service provided throughout its facilities, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service relies on an ongoing customer satisfaction index for localized, real time snapshots of how successful the organization is at meeting the community’s needs. The survey, which addresses customer service, pricing, sales associate availability, merchandise assortment and other…

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Breakfast with the boss …

Posted  September 5, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Airmen Aug. 26 at the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus and Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander, joined Airmen for breakfast to discuss sick call, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program, the commander’s priorities for Luke…

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T-Bolts dare cardboard to be a boat

Posted  September 5, 2014

FROM LEFT: Airmen from the 56th Dental Squadron, 56th Medical Support Squadron and the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron participated in the build-a-boat competition Aug. 29 at the Silver Wings Pool at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th DS completed the race in 22.7 seconds, winning the Speed Racer Award, while the 56th CMS sank in…

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Australian VIP visits Luke AFB

Posted  September 5, 2014

Chief Master Sgt. Raul Villarreal, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, speaks with Air Commodore Catherine Roberts, Royal Australian Air Force director general joint strike fighter acquisition and sustainment, and Royal Australian Air Force Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit participant maintenance liaison officer, about the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter Wednesday during her…

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Air Force News – September 5, 2014

Posted  September 5, 2014

Oklahoma Two Altus Airmen have set a goal of running in the Air Force Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to raise $4,000 for the Air Force Enlisted Village, a nonprofit organization that benefits widows and mothers of Air Force members. Dominican Republic In 2010, illegal drugs were being flown into the Dominican…

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