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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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Command Priorities

Posted  September 28, 2012

Commands at all levels have priorities, which serve to focus an organization’s efforts. Here is an overview of priorities for the Air Force, Air Education and Training Command and the 56th Fighter Wing.

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Chaplain thoughts – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

“Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” ~ John Hancock Imagine that just by signing your name to a document in essence you were signing your own death sentence. That is the price that John…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – Sept. 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Senior Airman Chelsie Nelson 56th Fighter Wing Protocol specialist Hometown: Waynesboro, Va. Years in service: Three Family: My husband, Earl; and three dogs, Marley, Giana and Akia Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing through the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program Inspirations: Martin Luther King, Jr. When others were afraid to speak up about injustices,…

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In Brief – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Bryant Fitness Center gym. Small business briefing A small business administration briefing is 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1113. For more…

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‘Baby of Bataan’ shares story, wisdom

Posted  September 28, 2012

Most 14-year-old boys are starting high school and concerned with meeting girls or playing sports, but not so for retired Staff Sgt. Joseph Johnson, who at that tender age enlisted in the Army in 1940.

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Sports Shorts

Posted  October 5, 2012

 756th AMXS defeats 607th ACS 28-20   Timothy Schonfeld, 607th Air Control Squadron, waits to catch the football Sept. 25 during an intramural football game at the Luke Air Force Base football field. Schonfeld caught the ball for ACS’s first touchdown of the game.           Rakeem Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron,…

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Time for dos, don’ts reminder of political season

Posted  October 5, 2012

Military members and Defense Department employees are encouraged to vote and participate in the political process. At the same time, the appearance of military influence of the political process must be avoided. Thus, participation in political activities by military members and DOD employees is limited by law in order to ensure that a real or…

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October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted  October 5, 2012

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups, and the Air Force is not excluded. It is a type of abuse that involves injuring usually a spouse or partner, but it can also be a parent, child or other family member. It is the willful intimidation, physical assault,…

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Fly Over: ‘Dredd’, ‘End of Watch’

Posted  October 5, 2012

In theaters: ‘Dredd’ by Jayson Burns In 1995, an adaptation of the British comic “2000 AD” was released, titled “Judge Dredd.” It was cheesy and ripe for ridicule, but some people (like me) see it kind of like a guilty pleasure. Still, it didn’t do well commercially or critically and fans of “2000 AD” as…

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Men, cars need tune-ups

Posted  October 5, 2012

The body is very similar to a car. It needs proper maintenance and an occasional tune up. The problem is most men take better care of their vehicles than they do their bodies, according to Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group health manager and registered nurse. “They only go to the doctor when something is broken,”…

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