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

Staff Sgt. Perry Vitali Jr. 56th Security Forces Squadron Element leader Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in criminal justice and a master physical trainer certification at the International Sports Sciences Association Previous assignments: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Osan Air Base, South...
 
 
Grace Lee

Day taken to commemorate Tuskegee Airmen

Grace Lee David Toliver, Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. president, speaks March 27 at the inaugural Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day ceremony at the Luke Air Force Base Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park....
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Senior Airman Zachary James 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman Hometown: Kingsland, Texas Years in service: 3.5 years Education: Pursuing Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems technology Inspirations: Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemmingway and retired Senior Master Sgt. John Howard James Goals: To provide for the people I value...
 

 

ALS graduates 38 senior airmen

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 38 senior airmen March 27 in class 14-3. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jacob Haydon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Joshua McIntosh, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Jonathan Sigerson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Joseph Vandervennet, 56th Maintenance Group Commandant’s Award: Jonathan...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Staff Sgt. Andrew Hannah Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical Aircraft Maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in aviation maintenance and technical military science instructor Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My wife who earned a bache...
 
 

Salutes and Awards

Maintenance professionals of 2013 The following individuals received 2013 Maintenance Professional of the Year awards: Crew chief: Staff Sgt. Paul Heiss, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Support professionals Airman: Senior Airman Charles Cerdena, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Danny Smith, 56th Maintenance Group Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Paul Siracusa, 56th EMS Civilian: R...
 




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