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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Michelle Justiniani 56th Operations Support Squadron Air traffic control apprentice Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif. Years in service: One Education: Golden West College, basic public safety dispatcher and criminal justice studies certification, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications Inspirations: Jesus, my strength and guidance; husband, Michael, challenges me to expand my horizons;…

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MDG announces award winners

Posted  November 1, 2013

The following individuals are quarterly award winners 56th Medical Group Airman: Senior Airman Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Maria Oliver, 56th Medical Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Percel Crudup, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Sarah Cossette, 56th MDG Field grade officer: Lt. Col. Robyn Kramer, 56th Aerospace Medicine…

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New chief invigorates mentorship at Luke

Posted  November 1, 2013

Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Airman Leadership School students Oct. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. As the wing command chief, Mazza is responsible for the morale, welfare, training, management and professional growth of more than 3,000 enlisted members assigned to the Air Force’s largest…

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MDG earns ‘outstanding’ rating on HSI

Posted  November 1, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, announces an “outstanding” score Oct. 25 for the 56th Medical Group’s Health Services Inspection. The score came with accolades from inspectors praising the customer service, care and process improvements in the MDG. The Combined Unit Inspection may have been canceled, but some…

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This week in history

Posted  November 1, 2013

1918: America’s Ace of Aces makes final kill Capt. Edward Rickenbacker, America’s Ace of Aces, claimed his final kill 95 years this week. Like Frank Luke, he was also born to German-speaking immigrant parents. But, Rickenbacker’s rise to fame was much different than the Arizona Balloon Buster. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker was 13 when…

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AF culture shift for Navajo Airman

Posted  November 1, 2013

Tradition runs deep for Senior Airman Justine Paramo, 56th Medical Group internal medicine technician and a full-blood Navajo. Hailing from Shiprock, N.M., Paramo is familiar with the traditions and customs of her tribe. “One of the traditions my parents would follow was to have my brother, sister and me stand outside in the snow in…

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Air Force News – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

European partnerships vital to global security, says Breedlove It makes fiscal and strategic sense for the United States to continue to base troops in Europe, the officer who serves as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command said Monday. Together, the United States and Europe make up half of the…

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People First – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

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. Leaders advise…

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Health & Safety

Like bikes? Here’s how to ride on base

Posted  November 1, 2013

It’s that time of year. Temperatures drop and around-the-clock needs for air conditioning evaporate into the fading memory of summer. Many Arizonans trade horse power for human power – the kind driven by two legs and two wheels.

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Newly painted tail flash celebrates 20 years of partnership between Luke, RSAF

Posted  November 1, 2013

It’s brightly painted in red and white and definitely one of a kind.

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