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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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Contracting, helping get what’s needed

Posted  October 12, 2012

You may not have known it, but on Sept. 30, the last day of fiscal 2012, there were Thunderbolts working late into the night. Luke’s comptroller and contracting squadron’s worked late closing out accounts and making sure money was properly spent. The 56th comptroller and contracting squadrons work closely together to ensure that Luke has…

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New exchange GM takes reins at Luke

Posted  October 12, 2012

Luke Air Force Base has a new resident, Pete Alaniz, who is ready to make an impact on quality of life here as the Luke Exchange’s new general manager. “I’m extremely excited to be at Luke,” he said. “Taking care of Airmen and their families is my number one priority. I will strive to ensure…

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Luke law enforcement attends DUI enforcement training

Posted  October 12, 2012

In an effort to bolster Luke Air Force Base’s DUI prevention tactics, the Prescott Police Department, in conjunction with the 56th Security Forces Squadron, hosted a three-day Driving Under the Influence Enforcement training.

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Street Beat – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 28 through Oct. 4: Tickets Security Forces issued citations for three moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 28: Security Forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent at the outbound lane of Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Oct. 2:…

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Justice Report – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

The following is a report of justice and administrative actions for September: Courts-Martial A technical sergeant was found guilty of two specifications of Article 80, attempting to steal military property of a value of less than $500, two specifications of Article 112a, wrongful possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), and two specifications of Article 121,…

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People First – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AFOSI introduces…

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LRS keeps mission moving

Posted  October 12, 2012

Attention to detail is a must in preparing for a mission. Every aspect must be done following specific technical orders, regulations and policies.

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Air Force News – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

F-22 mission takes Tyndall AFB to Air Combat Command Tyndall Air Force Base transitioned from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command Oct. 1 to reflect the new operational mission of the 325th Fighter Wing. As part of the F-22 fleet management program announced by the Air Force in July 2010, Tyndall Air…

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Fiscal 2012: Books finally closed

Posted  October 12, 2012

Editor’s note: This is first in a series of articles on finance. Air Force financial managers take pride in executing the ABCs — accounting, budget and cost. Accounting is the first, and arguably, the most important competency. Did you know the Air Force prepares annual financial statements just like civilian companies? These financial statements are…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~ Lao Tsu         We often think in order to make a difference we must do something big. Yet I would contend it is often the small, random acts of kindness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. It may…

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