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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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Football legend still star

Posted  October 5, 2012

Living with any kind of disorder is not ideal, and it’s harder with dissociative identity disorder....

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Senior Airman Andrew Hannah 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Dedicated crew chief Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Five Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Currently working on a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance technology and bachelor’s in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: The dedication of the…

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Lead from front

Posted  October 5, 2012

Leadership. As Airmen this is a word that we hear all the time. In light of this, the word can sometimes become watered down to where we think we have nothing to do with leadership. Is leadership just a buzz word that we have nothing to offer to affect its outcome? Does leadership strictly apply…

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MSG boss expands horizons beyond family tradition

Posted  October 5, 2012

For many of us who’ve had family in the military, following in their footsteps may seem natural. However, what happens if we commit the cardinal sin of not joining the same branch as our parents or other family members?

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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Operation Angel in Nepal win-win

Posted  October 5, 2012

Editor’s note: The opening and closing paragraphs are paraphrased from an Air Force Print News article. A team composed of American, Australian and Nepalese military and civilian members accomplished a plethora of tasks, which included treating more than 4,000 villagers, repairing and renovating three schools and sharing expertise with the locals Sept. 10 to 15…

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Luke 1 shares command priorities

Posted  October 5, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Airmen heard Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, highlight his beliefs and expectations during commander’s calls Sept. 28.

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Sports Shorts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Camron Tellinghuisen, 11, son of Staff Sgt Michael McCord, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load maintainer, prepares to throw the football Sept. 28 during the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event at the Youth Center on Luke Air Force Base. The NFL PPK program is a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 6…

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Scorpions sting Thunderbolts in exhibition game

Posted  October 12, 2012

The Arizona Scorpions, an American Basketball Association semiprofessional team, defeated the Luke Air Force Base varsity basketball team 124-90 in an exhibition game Saturday at the Bryant Fitness Center.

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  October 12, 2012

On DVD: ‘Wrath of the Titans’ by Jayson Burns Two years ago, Warner Bros. gave us a remake of “Clash of the Titans.” It didn’t see much critical acclaim, and it all but threw Greek mythology out the window, but I thought it had fun action sequences and was set at a decent pace with…

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