Salutes & Awards

June 29, 2012

Thunderbolt of the Week – June 29, 2012

Airman 1st Class MariaIsabel Cruz

56th Operations Support Squadron
Air Traffic Control Apprentice

 

Hometown: San Diego

Years in service: One

Family: Mother, sister and two brothers

Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in management and working on a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice

Inspirations: My mother is the strongest woman I know; she has done an amazing job raising me and my siblings

Goals: To become a rated air traffic controller and finish my degree

Greatest feat: First person in my family to attend college and serve in the military

Self-description: I’m 5’6’’ short, black hair, brown eyes, like long walks on the beach and candle-lit dinners … oh, and I have a sense of humor

Famous last words: “Live and let live.”

Off-duty interests: Riding motorcycles, hiking, mountain biking and dancing

Commander’s comments: “Airman Cruz is energetic, talented, motivated and exemplifies the total-person concept,” said Lt. Col. John Bosone, 56th OSS commander. “Not only is she on pace to obtain her radar SEI several months ahead of her peers, she is a constant fixture in the local community volunteering or speaking at schools about military life. Her superior performance, both on- and off-duty, passion for the Air Force and inspirational leadership set the example for other Airmen. She has demonstrated excellence in all she does.”




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AF announces TSgt selects

The names of staff sergeants selected for promotion to technical sergeant was released Tuesday. The following are those selected at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Luther Mitchell and Natalie Nelson 56th Training Squadron Brandin Bethel, Nathan Burkhart, Chandler Hunter and Brian Reilly 56th Operations Support Squadron Veronica Armstrong, Anthony May and Branden Rowe...
 
 

Comm squadron changes command

Senior Airman James Hensley Lt. Col. Carol Miller, 56th Mission Support Group deputy commander, passes the guidon to incoming commander Maj. Lewis Sorvillo June 5 at Luke Air Force Base.
 
 
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Emerald Knights graduate 16 new pilots

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35 senior airmen graduate ALS

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 35 senior airmen May 14 from class 15-4. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Noah Bolton, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Jared Clark, 56th OSS; Jacob Gagnon, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Rodney Yolangco, 56th OSS Commandant’s Award: Jared Clark, 56th OSS Academic Achievement...
 
 

AF announces senior selects

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