Salutes & Awards

May 10, 2013

A Night in the Life

Crew chiefs — unsung heroes of the flightline
 
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A pair of 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen perform a preflight check April 18 here at Luke Air Force Base. The preflight checklist includes checking wing flaps, lights and radio.

 
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Capt. Joe Walker, 309th FS assistant chief of weapons, prepares an F-16 for flight while Airman 1st Class Jordan King, 309th FS crew chief, performs final preflight checks. Preflight checks help prevent avoidable errors like foreign object debris during flight and ensure safety.

 
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Airman 1st Class Erik Smith, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons technician, resets gun-fire lead on the F-16 Viper. Smith is in charge of making sure the gun on the F-16 is effective and mission ready.

 
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An F-16C fighter jet prepares for take off from the flightline. The base is the Air Force’s largest fighter wing with 138 F-16s assigned. All the F-16s are used for training fighter pilots.

 
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Senior Airman Steven Manwaring, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron crew chief, prepares to marshal out an F-16 Viper. Crew chiefs are assigned to a specific jet and perform preflight checks as part of their duties.

 
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An F-16C fighter jet sits on the flightline.




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Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 
 

Luke announces E-5 selects

The promotion list for staff sergeant was announced Air Force-wide July 10. The following senior airmen were selected for promotion at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Joshua Belanger 56th Operations Support Squadron Clifton Bond, Philip Conklin, Matthew Goodspeed, Daniel Oakland, Ross Payne and Christopher Sparks 310th Fighter Squadron Melissa Juchniewicz 56th Maintenance Group...
 
 
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Luke welcomes new MDG commander

Courtesy photo Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Maureen Charles, incoming 56th Medical Group commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 18 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force B...
 

 

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Staff Sgt. Jesse Bloom Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-35 TAMS instructor Hometown: Canton, Ohio Years in service: Seven Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in applied science, technical military science instructor, bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Ashford College Previous assignments: Nellis Air Force Base Inspirations: Anyone who has faced advers...
 
 
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56th AMXS changes command

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. David Lemery, incoming 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, July 8 during a change of command ceremony at Luke Air ...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Staff Sgt. Joshua White 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Occupational health NCO-in-charge Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Angela Education: Pursuing a public health bachelor’s degree at Wayland Baptist University Previous assignments: Andersen Air Base, Guam; Kadena AB, Japan, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri Inspirations: My dad for being a good role model,...
 




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