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This week in history: June 14

Posted June 14, 2013 by

By June 12, 1943, the 56th Fighter Group had lost a couple of pilots in combat. On that date, the 62nd Fighter Squadron conducted a fighter sweep with two flights between Blankenburge, Belgium, and Calais, France. Flying at 20,000 feet near Ypres, Belgium, they saw two flights of four FochWolf-190s each at 15,000 feet. Maj….

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CV’s final Luke flight …

Posted July 26, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams

A fire truck from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services sprays down an F-16 Fighting Falcon July 19 flown by Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, upon completion of his final flight at Luke Air Force Base. Webb’s next assignment is deputy director of plans, programs and analyses at Headquarters U.S….

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Gently used formal wear available to E-5, below

Posted August 30, 2013 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH Members of the Luke community look through dresses at the opening of the Cinderella and Prince Charming Closet at the Airmen’s Attic. The closet provides one free formal outfit for spouses of staff sergeants and below so they can attend formal events like graduations or the Air Force Ball. The closet…

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This week in history

Posted October 11, 2013 by ick Griset

Oct. 1998: Low on parts, no spare engines Fifteen years ago this month, the 56th Component Repair Squadron, later designated the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, hit a milestone. They had no engine holes in any aircraft and had one spare engine for the first time in five years. The question is how did they get…

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This Week in History

Posted November 22, 2013 by Rick Griset,

Courtesy photo Luke Air Force Base students use old-style furniture on a tile floor prior to changes implemented by Gen. Wilbur Creech to improve the workplace for Airmen. 1953: Creech joins Thunderbirds at Luke A Luke Air force Base captain joined the Thunderbird Aerial Demonstration Team at Luke more than 60 years ago this month….

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This week in history

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Jan. 22, 1944: Allies invade, take Anzio Courtesy photo Maj. Gen. Charles McCorkle Seventy years ago, the Allies landed on the beaches at Anzio, Italy. The operation’s name was Operation Shingle. The 56th Fighter Group did not take part in the operation. But, the current 56th Fighter Wing has a number of connections to the…

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This week in history

Posted February 28, 2014 by

Feb. 26, 2009: Services Squadron redesignated Five years ago this week the 56th Services Squadron was redesignated the 56th Force Support Squadron. Part of the process was the inactivation of the 56th Mission Support Squadron. The new squadron included the functions, people and equipment of the inactivated unit. In 2007, the U.S. Air Force began…

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Airmen shave heads for pilot’s son battling cancer

Posted April 11, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 62nd Fighter Squadron recently shaved their heads to support a deceased officer’s son who is battling with cancer. Second Lt. Dave Mitchell, former 62nd FS pilot, lost his life during a training mission in 2008 at Luke Air Force Base. Five years later, his son Brayden was diagnosed…

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Airman serves God, country through music

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Austin Shrewsbury, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, examines blood samples at the 56th Medical Group May 1. Shrewsbury plays bass guitar, guitar and piano at the Sunday contemporary gospel service at the Luke Air Force Base chapel and leads worship services in his off time. Although…

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MMA ramps up combat training

Posted July 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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