Salutes & Awards

September 27, 2013

56 FW Facts

Mission

To train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters.

Training (fiscal 2012)

B-course graduates 69
Current students 109
MRA Graduates 311
Current students 32

Leadership

Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein
Vice wing commander: Col. Jeremy Sloane
Director of staff: Lt. Col. Matt Warner
Command Chief: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton
Operations Group commander: Col. John Hanna
Maintenance Group commander: Col. Victor Mora
Mission Group commander: Col. Nathan Mooney
Medical Group commander: Col. Yolanda Bledsoe

Wing staff agencies

Demographics: There are 111 military and 80 civilian members

Mission and leadership

Comptroller Squadron: Pays Airmen and bills, provides commanders resources and advice needed to execute missions
Commander: Maj. Scott Smith
Equal Opportunity: Assists in eliminating the effects of social problems which detract from the mission
Director: Ronald Goodwin
Command Post: Serves as the eyes and ears for the wing commander 24-hours-a-day and as the nerve center for Luke Air Force Base operations
Chief, Command Post: Lt. Col. Karl Schlimm
Chapel: A spiritual needs-based ministry impacting the wing and air expeditionary force missions, anytime anyplace
Wing chaplain: Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson
Historian: Documents the activities of Luke AFB and provides historical references services
Historian: Richard Griset
Inspector General: An independent agency that investigates complaints, allegations of reprisal, improper mental health referrals, fraud, waste and abuse
IG: Lt. Col. Jason Koltes
Information protection: Provides a secure environment for protecting sensitive information assets and enabling sustainable capability for seamless information exchange
Chief: Master Sgt. Elena Barajas
Staff Judge Advocate: Provides legal services for the 56th Fighter Wing
Staff Judge Advocate: Lt. Col. Joel England
Deputy: Maj. Jacqueline Stingl
Community Initiatives Team: Serves as the primary liaison between the 56th Fighter Wing commander and surrounding political subdivisions, developers and major stakeholders interested in coordinating compatible land development in areas impacted by the flying mission of Luke AFB
Director: Rusty Mitchell
Public Affairs: Provides information on Luke issues, programs and base events to Airmen, the community and news media; provides counsel to leaders; programs are designed to increase public understanding of the wing’s mission
Chief: Capt. Tristan Hinderliter
Deputy Chief: Capt. Ryan DeCamp
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office: Ensures that all victims of sexual assault receive the care and support they require; uses education and intervention to foster an environment free of sexual assault
SAPR Coordinator:Joice Jones
Safety office: Provides the wing with risk management processes to facilitate the commander’s safety programs
Chief: Lt. Col. Michael Cowan
Flight safety: Maj. Steven Wilinski
Ground safety manager: Bernard Bruce
Wing Plans and Programs: Enhances Thunderbolt readiness in support of wing and headquarters planning, execution and expeditionary force objectives
Chief: Lt. Col. Joshua Hetsko
Protocol: Focal point for organizing distinguished visitor visits to Luke; provides policy and procedural guidance, proper protocol requirements and special handling for distinguishing visitors, dignitaries and official military ceremonies and social functions
Chief: 1st Lt. Marisa Rossi
Range Management/Airspace: Provides management of the air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical aviation range complexes and airspace while incorporating environment stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on the Barry M. Goldwater Range.
Director: Chas Buchanan
Wing Staff Agencies Superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Rich Puckett
Wing Staff Agencies and CPTS first sergeant: Master Sgt. Renee Huggins

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