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Justice Report – April 12, 2013

Posted April 12, 2013 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

The following is a list of Article 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in March: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to obey a no-contact order. The member received a reduction to E-4, suspended forfeiture of $1,201 pay per month for two…

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Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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March calls to mind fallen

Posted April 5, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. JASMINE REIF

Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota March of the Fallen participants hike up the White Tank Mountains March 30 located in Waddell, Ariz. Their weighted backpacks represented the gear that deployed members carry everyday and to honor fallen warriors. The three weight classes consisted of 45 pounds, 60 pounds and 75 pounds. All the…

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Air Force News – April 5, 2013

Posted April 5, 2013 by

Obama selects former Luke commander for NATO post The Air Force’s top commander in Europe is President Barack Obama’s choice to be NATO’s next supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command. During a news conference today with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck…

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Air Force announces NDAA implementation plan of mandated force structure changes

Posted April 5, 2013 by SAFPA

Washington, DC – The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined…

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Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Posted April 5, 2013 by RON VEAL and BRYAN EVANS

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations. Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to…

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Steps for ‘Mustang’ no easy ride

Posted March 29, 2013 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

In the military, Mustang is a term used for someone who is commissioned after being enlisted. It’s not a walk in the park for enlisted Airmen to earn a commission. In fact, there are various steps needed to be taken prior to applying to a commissioning program. One of the first steps is to attend…

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IDS helps Airmen through tough issues

Posted March 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ

There’s a network of agencies working to help Luke Airmen with issues ranging from predeployment jitters to balancing a checkbook. They are not shrouded in mystery, but the Integrated Delivery System, a group of agencies working in concert, is not quite a household term. “IDS is a collaboration of helping agencies coming together and asking,…

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Air Force suspends military tuition assistance

Posted March 22, 2013 by af.news

WASHINGTON — In the wake of sequestration, the Air Force officially suspended military tuition assistance March 11. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announced the Air Force has officially suspended military TA for the remainder of fiscal 2013. The program will continue to be evaluated to determine the way ahead in fiscal 2014. The…

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The greatest generation …

Posted March 15, 2013 by

This photo was taken within days of the mission, which was one of the most successful ever flown. The mission was flown by the 61st, 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons. Two years prior they’d flown their first combat mission led by Lt. Col. Lucian Dade. Eegbeck Aerodrome was located just south of the Denmark border…

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56th Fighter Wing has boast-worthy history

Posted March 15, 2013 by RICHARD GRISET

The 56th Fighter Wing, one of the most highly decorated aviation units in history, traces its heritage to the 56th Pursuit Group which first activated on Jan. 15, 1941, at Savannah Air Base, Ga. The unit was redesignated a fighter group and equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt when it was reassigned to England. The 56th…

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