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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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Fly Over: ‘Robocop’, and ‘The Lego Movie’

Posted  February 28, 2014

In theaters ‘Robocop’ Honestly, I have never seen so much hate for a movie. In the months before 2014’s “Robocop” release I heard people complain over and over again about this thing or that thing, every little tidbit the studio released to the public (in a few cases, I’ve seen people complain about things that…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 17 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 20: Security forces received a report of a civil arrest for DUI on Bell Road and West Point Parkway in Surprise. Surprise police responded after receiving a…

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Sports Shorts – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron team huddles Feb. 19 before the start of the second half of the 2014 intramural football season championship game at Luke Air Force Base. They beat the 56th Communications Squadron 19-18 in intramural play. 56th SFS wins 2014 intramural football championship Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter…

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Thunderbirds, F-35 to headline Luke open house

Posted  February 21, 2014

Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer The public is invited to the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. The air show will include the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Wings of Blue parachute team, the Marines MV-22 Osprey,…

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Water tower welcomes all to Fighter Country

Posted  February 21, 2014

Driving down Litchfield Road in front of Luke Air Force Base, one can’t help but see three things: F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge and the “Fighter Country” water tower. One of these things has been part of the base’s history longer than the others combined. The water tower, managed by the…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 21, 2014

With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn to deploy. Occasionally when…

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Leaders push others to discover strengths

Posted  February 21, 2014

Picture, for a moment, being in the midst of a challenge. How will you deal with that challenge? Will you shy away? Will you hide in the shadows of another’s motivation and know-how? Or, will you move into the forefront and say I’m ready to lead? Leadership is not something found in a book, Air…

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Spending below income results in fiscal freedom

Posted  February 21, 2014

Many Americans may have been told the importance of saving money whether by parents, mentors or friends but how many actually have an ample amount in savings to last them through an emergency situation? According to survey results released by Bankrate more than 75 percent of Americans don’t have enough money saved to cover their…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Connecting families “Daddy Read a Book” connects deployed parents with children at home by providing a free video of the deployed parent reading a favorite book. Reading sessions are conducted 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Monday of the month. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon at 623-856-6211. Finance office hours The…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior Airman Teresa Anaya-Hernandez 56th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller Hometown: Carson City, Nev. Years in service: Three Family: Father, Everardo Anaya; mother, Teresa Anaya; sister, Kassandra Anaya Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My parents push me to move forward and work hard to better myself Goals: Continue…

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