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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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Transformational leader promotes change

Posted  November 1, 2013

The many dramatic changes and challenges we face today, such as shifting demographics, diversity, international relations, political struggles, innovations in technology, threats to the environment and economy, call for a more proactive or transformational leader who motivates workers to perform beyond expectations. The measure by which leaders are considered transformational is based on their ability…

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Do more with less

Posted  November 1, 2013

In preparing to write this article, I searched for a quote that I believe exemplifies work ethic. Sam Ewing once said, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” I’ve served in many leadership positions. From frontline supervisor to…

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Salutes & Awards

Longest-serving Air Force civil servant retires

Posted  November 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Dorothy Rowe, 56th Comptroller Squadron chief financial analyst, poses for a photo in 1979. She retires Tuesday as the longest serving civil servant working for the Air Force. Most dream of crossing the retirement finish line after 20 to 35 years of service. For one civil servant, her date of retirement after 70…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Retiree Appreciation Day The 56th Fighter Wing Retiree Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Club Five Six. Health education booths, flu shots, Veterans Affairs and state information, refreshments, prizes and grab bags are included. For more information, call Capt. Melissa Parra at 623-856-9045. Health expo, golf tourney, car show The 56th Medical…

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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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