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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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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

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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Red Ribbon Week approaches

Posted  October 19, 2012

On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, Calif., wore red ribbons in his honor. This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the…

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MilPDS upgrade on schedule for December

Posted  October 19, 2012

During December, the Air Force Personnel Center will be required to comply with Defense Department regulations by upgrading the Military Personnel Data System and transferring it into the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center. This upgrade and migration will require MilPDS unavailability beginning Dec. 3 for approximately 23 days. As with any upgrade,…

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Chapel opens door to free festival for Luke community

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel will hold the 39th annual Hallelujah Night Fall Festival.

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Qualified disabled make contribution in work place

Posted  October 19, 2012

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In observance of the month, the NDEAM committee is featuring a luncheon Oct. 26 at Club Five Six. The observance dates back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week of October in each year National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, according to Tech. Sgt….

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Men, cars get ‘once over’ at expo

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Medical Group sponsored the latest Men's Health event which featured a car show, health screenings, demonstrations and rides.

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People First – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 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. AF facilities…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.” ~ Henry Kissinger I often meet people who say they have no direction in life; that they feel like they are only existing … only going through the motions. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans…

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Street Beat – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 5 through Oct. 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct.10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Super Sabre Street and Johnson Lane. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Oct. 11:…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 19, 2012

The engines roared overhead as an F-35A fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for the test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane.

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AFSO21 saved 56th FW big $$

Posted  October 19, 2012

An Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century Excess Inventory Redistribution/6S event was held at Luke Air Force Base. It helped members of the Luke Air Force Base weapons back shop organize needed on-hand supplies and identify excess inventory that will eventually be redistributed across the base. This single event is one of many…

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