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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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Happy feet …

Posted  October 18, 2013

Joel Bledsoe, husband of Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, and other guests at the National Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon, dance to salsa music Oct. 10 at the Naval Operations Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. NHHM is observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the heritage and culture of American citizens…

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Health & Safety

Red Ribbon week approaches

Posted  October 18, 2013

This year Red Ribbon Week is Wednesday through Oct. 31, and the theme is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” The 56th Fighter Wing Drug Demand Reduction Program’s goal is to raise awareness and reduce drug abuse in the Luke community. On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured…

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Air Force News – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

Shutdown endangers reserve component readiness Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness. Within the Defense Department, the reserve components are the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. The Coast…

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People First – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 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. New Air…

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This Week in History

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Towed aerial target retrieval. Oct. 14, 2003: Towed aerial target era ends Before 1956, aircraft on the Barry M. Goldwater Range used tow targets for air-to-air training. Another aircraft towed the targets behind them for the trailing aircraft’s pilot to hone his or her gunnery skills. The towed aerial targets took on the…

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Energy efficiency gives AF air, space, cyberspace advantage

Posted  October 18, 2013

October, Energy Action Month, provides an opportunity for Airmen to learn more about the impact of energy to the Air Force’s mission as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to…

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EOD blows it up

Posted  October 18, 2013

The sun blazed down as they hiked and climbed through the rough terrain. As the search for improvised explosive devices continued they were forced into a defensive stance, firing at enemy targets.

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Commentary

Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 18, 2013

“What we are finding is that religious involvement seems to be an unintended consequence, not the goal of people who become religious.” — Dr. Harold Koenig You’ve heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but can prayer keep the doctor away? Dr. Harold Koenig, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at…

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Domestic Abuse Hotline Online: 623-255-3487

Posted  October 18, 2013

Luke Air Force Base has a Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate service available 24/7 that’s free and confidential. Individuals can call and get questions answered regarding domestic violence without having to disclose identifying information. Purpose: To help serve victims and potential victims of domestic abuse Eligibility: Limited to active-duty members and their spouses, although other Luke…

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Fly Over: ‘Ip Man’, and ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′

Posted  October 18, 2013

‘Ip Man’ Being the Netflixer I am today, I came across a movie named “Ip Man” and honestly, I just looked at the high rating it earned and decided to watch it. “Ip Man” is a film from Hong Kong and is, to some extent, based on the life of Yip Man, grandmaster of the…

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