Salutes & Awards

February 1, 2013

Honoring Luke’s best

The 56th Fighter Wing 2012 Annual Awards were presented Saturday. Annual award recipients gather for a group photo with Luke leadership and the guest speaker.
FROM LEFT: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Susan Andrews, category I civilian; Master Sgt. Scott Harris, first sergeant; Senior Airman Anthtae Taggart, Airman; 1st Lt. Holly Gramkow, company grade officer; retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, guest speaker; Tech. Sgt. Mark Adams, NCO; Maj. Betty Venth, flight commander; Master Sgt. Marla Page, senior NCO; Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, ceremonial guardsman; Gabriel Groves, category III civilian; Maj. Brendan Shannon, field grade officer instructor pilot; and Capt. Trevor Callens, company grade officer IP.

The spotlight shined Saturday as the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet honored the best and brightest of Luke Air Force Base’s Airmen who have earned distinction throughout 2012. The ceremony was held at Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek Resort in Goodyear.

There were 11 award categories for Airmen and civilian employees who were recognized for their hard work and excellence.

“Each and every one of these group-level award winners shares an integral part in our mission success of training the world’s best F-16 pilots and maintainers, all the while supporting our nation’s important missions downrange,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander.

“The competition to determine this year’s wing winners was incredible,” he said. “I’m humbled by the achievements, hard work and leadership happening everyday across our wing, and I’m proud of each of you.”

Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, fifth CMSAF, was guest speaker at the night’s events.

For more details on each honoree, refer to pp.12-13 of this week’s PDF




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