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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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Leadership in changes, challenges — it’s what we do

Posted  February 7, 2014

Changes and challenges have always been a part of military service. It has confronted Airmen from the beginning evolution of flight to today’s operational environment, ranging from near-peer adversaries to unconventional nonstate groups. History can recount Billy Mitchell’s multiple efforts through the 1920s advocating for an increased role of airpower and a separate service, challenging…

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It’s your name on the right!

Posted  February 7, 2014

As you report in for the day and have an opportunity to read this article, take a look down at your uniform. Something that you should notice on the left side of your chest stitched in blue and placed closest to your heart is the U.S. Air Force tape. This speaks volumes to the commitment…

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F-35 parts roll in

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Robert Birkes, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, performs an operations check Jan. 30 on an AJ25 axle jack at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th EMS will be receiving new equipment for the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

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FSS holds town hall meetings on force shaping

Posted  February 7, 2014

Luke Air Force Base Airmen were provided with information on several new force management programs Jan. 29 and 30 during town hall meetings at the Luke AFB theater. “The force management program has been implemented to meet congressionally mandated end strength for current and future mission requirements,” said Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, 56th Force Support…

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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Street construction Road construction will begin next week and will result in one to two lane closures on streets on base. The dates of construction are Feb. 13 to 17 on Super Saber Street, March 17 to 28 on Starfighter Street and 143rd Avenue, and Feb. 24 to March 7 on Fighter Country Avenue. For…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Tanisha Pressley 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Years in service: One year Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, concentration in prelaw Inspirations: My family and the person I want to be Goals: To obtain a master’s degree in public administration and commission as a nurse Self-description:…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  February 7, 2014

AETC names 2013 media contest winners The following individuals received 2013 Air Education and Training command awards: 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Story series: Senior Airman David Owsianka New writer: Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell TV news report: Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski TV sports report: Senior Airman William Branch MAJCOM announces prestigious maintenance honors The following…

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Au revoir flightline, bonjour France

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Air Force provides many opportunities for Airmen to advance their careers. Some of those opportunities are Airmen Leadership School, Military Training Instructor School and the Air War College. One officer here at Luke is preparing to further his Air Force career by relinquishing command of the 310th Fighter Squadron and moving to France to…

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Ducks graduate 11 to combat air force

Posted  February 7, 2014

Today, Class 13-EBG will take the next step on the long road to becoming combat mission-ready fighter pilots in the most lethal Air Force in the world. Their journey continues a long legacy of 309th Fighter Squadron fighter pilots who have fought in every war and conflict since World War II. Today’s graduation culminates eight…

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This week in history

Posted  February 7, 2014

Luke logs 1 million flying hours Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Col. John Nissley, then commander at Luke Field, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Lester Harris, director of training at Luke, Feb. 7, 1944, as Maj. Hugh Griffith Jr., base operations officer, and Capt. William Payton, assistant operations officer, look on. Since Feb. 7, 1944, the…

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