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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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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 31, 2014

“To whatever side you turn, you are forced to acknowledge your own ignorance and the boundless power of the Creator.” ~ Voltaire Humility can be tough, especially when our ignorance is displayed in front of others. Proverbs 16:18 tells us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We need to have…

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Fly Over: ‘Skyfall’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted  January 31, 2014

‘Skyfall’ Ever since I was a child I remember watching the James Bond movie series with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. I was surprised in 2006 when “Casino Royale” came out staring a new male lead named Daniel Craig. I would say Craig is what the series needed because he’s not only a fresh new…

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This Week in History

Posted  January 31, 2014

Jan. 29, 1944: Target — Frankfurt Seventy years ago, the 8th Air Force Fighter Command had a very good day. After four days on the ground due to weather, the fighters were able to get back in the air. The day’s bomber target was Frankfurt, Germany. For the first time in World War II, the…

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CES takes to high places

Posted  January 31, 2014

Airmen are led down a mountain trail by 1st Lt. Brad Shields, 56th CES operations engineer chief.   The 56th CES rests at the top of the mountain.   The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron takes a moment to enjoy the scenery Jan. 22 from atop the White Tank Mountain Range. The 5-mile hike up the…

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Street Beat

Posted  January 31, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 15 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 10 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 17: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a government-owned vehicle at the parking lot of Bldg. 959. There were…

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Sports Shorts – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Capt. Jon Mathers, 607th Air Control Squadron chief of training, performs a pullup Jan. 18 at Luke Air Force Base while training for a CrossFit competition that took place last weekend. rong>Training facility not just for already fit Story and photo by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The smell of sweat. The sound…

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Off we go into the wild blue …

Posted  January 24, 2014

Hayden Barker, 4, nephew of retired Tech. Sgt. Charles Clevenger, jumps from the base of the T-33A Shooting Star display at the Luke Air Force Base Air Park. A T-33 is scheduled to perform March 15 and 16 here at the upcoming “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show. For more information, visit…

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Luke management, union leaders back to bargaining table

Posted  January 24, 2014

Representatives from Luke Air Force Base management are scheduled to resume talks next week with the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for the 56th Fighter Wing and tenant units at Luke. The current agreement was signed in 1996. Labor contracts typically last for a three-year period,…

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70 lbs of fight …

Posted  January 24, 2014

Maj. Sid Mirghani, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, performs a 70-pound weighted squat Jan. 18 while training for an upcoming CrossFit competition at Luke Air Force Base. Look for the story in the Jan. 31 issue of the Thunderbolt.

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Core values run deep, blue

Posted  January 24, 2014

What do the Air Force core values mean to you? As we were all taught in basic military training, the core values are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. However, there is a deeper meaning to our core values than just these three phrases. In accordance with Air Force Pamphlet…

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