Salutes & Awards

October 2, 2015

56th Maintenance Group

56th Maintenance Group staff

Mission: Plan, monitor, train, manage, and adapt through precise scheduling and efficient execution to produce the world’s finest maintainers and fighter pilots.

Demographics: There are 166 active-duty and 14 civilian members.


Section commander: Maj. Wesley Wade

Maintenance operations superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Charles Parton

Weapons standardization superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. John Bennett

Quality assurance: Chief Master Sgt. Dominic Hemingway

Training: Master Sgt. Heather Parker

Responsibilities: Oversees smooth maintenance operations on more than 79 F-16s, 29 F-35s. Builds, executes and analyzes the maintenance and flying schedule. Manages and provides training for 1,406 military and 193 civilian group personnel. Manages key group programs and enforces standards. Also serves as liaison to the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 12.

56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Mission: To provide intermediate and flightline maintenance, phase inspections, structural repair, fabrication, transient alert, aerospace ground equipment, aircraft wheels and tires, armament systems, and munitions in support of training the world’s best F-16 pilots and mission-ready crew chiefs

Demographics: 363military and 93 civilians


Commander: Lt. Col. Scott Hall

Superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Ben Carson

First sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Brett Evanicki

Responsibilities: Maintain 682 pieces of aerospace ground equipment, 1,998 pieces of alternate mission equipment and a munitions stockpile valued at $58 million. Perform aircraft inspection and repair of 108 F-16 and F-35 aircraft.

Fun facts: The squadron was redesignated the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron June 7,1977, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, the first equipment maintenance squadron in the Air Force. The squadron was reassigned to Luke AFB April 1, 1994.

56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Mission: Provide safe, reliable aircraft, equipment and munitions to train the world’s finest F-35 and F-16 pilots and crew chiefs.

Demographics: There are more than 600 military, civilian and contractor members, including 130 Singapore maintainers.


Commander: Lt. Col. David Lemery

Maintenance operations officer: Maj. Jessica Williams/Capt. Joseph Langan

Superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Neal Raben

First sergeants: Master Sgts. Jeremy Dwyer, Israel Navarro and Steve Radnor

Responsibilities: Provides organizational level maintenance for 79 Block 20, 25 and 42 F-16A/B/C/D aircraft and 29 F-35A aircraft valued at more than $5 billion. Also has a $636,000 annual budget to ensure mission-ready aircraft to directly support U.S. Air Force active and Reserve components, Singapore and Taiwan air forces pilot training.

56th Component Maintenance Squadron

Mission: Provide specialized component repair of propulsion, avionics, accessories, perform tests, measurements and diagnostics on equipment systems to train the world’s finest F-16 pilots, and to support affiliate units.

Demographics: There are 183 military and 58 civilian members.


Commander: Maj. Anthony Sutton

Maintenance superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Antonio Aguilar

First sergeant: Master Sgt. Deborah Hofstra

Responsibilities: Avionics flight provides test and repair of heads-up displays, throttle grips, and signal processors. The electrical/environmental section repairs electrical wiring harnesses, generators, batteries, and oxygen system. Egress inspects and repairs ejection seats, aircraft canopies and related systems. The fuels section inspects and repairs aircraft fuel systems, external fuel tanks and hydrazine driven emergency power system. The hydraulics section inspects and repairs landing gear, brakes, hydraulic accumulators, and flight control drive units. The propulsion flight performs all aspects of uninstalled jet engine maintenance including inspection, disassembly, repair, reassembly and testing. The precision measurement equipment laboratory provides calibration of measurements and test equipment including torque wrenches, radio, RADAR and communications signal generators, and pressure gauges.

Fun fact: Did you know that the ACES II ejection seat maintained by CMS has up to 125 explosive components that all fire in a 1.3-second choreographed sequence to get the pilot safely out of an aircraft?

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