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This week in history

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Courtesy photo Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke, 56th Fighter Group commander, and Lt. Col. David “Dave” Schilling, 56th FG executive officer, walk together. Zemke ended World War II as a POW with 17.75 aerial victories. Schilling ended the war as the 56th Fighter Group commander with 22.5 aerial victories. Aug. 12 1944: 56th Fighter Group changes…

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EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Posted September 19, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often what make us who we are, alter our path in life and change our future. For Tech Sgt. David Gerig, 56th Civil Engineer…

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People First – November 21, 2014

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services.  DOD, AF nuclear force reviews consistent with force improvement efforts The secretary of defense recently announced the results of…

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Heating up the asphalt …

Posted January 23, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer

The heat and exhaust of a launching F-16 Fighting Falcon creates a photo opportunity Jan. 8 on the runway at Luke Air Force Base. Luke’s mission is to train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters.

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Posted March 6, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…

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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

Posted April 10, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for fiscal year 2015 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said April 1. “The Air Force continues to expand previous ARP programs to decisively and deliberately shape and retain the rated force. External factors such as new congressional mandates…

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Thunderbolts venture to El Salvador

Posted May 29, 2015 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Airman PEDRO MOTA Medical technicians from the 56th Medical Support Squadron gather personal gear May 22 outside the 56th Medical Group building at Luke Air Force Base as they prepare to leave on a 15-day humanitarian mission to El Salvador. A team of Luke Air Force Base Airmen departed May 22 on a training mission…

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Roberson takes command of AETC

Posted July 24, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. BETH ANSCHUTZ

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has more than 5,000 flight hours including 865 combat hours. Roberson will oversee the operation of 10 major installations in five states….

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Scanning the sky

Posted May 18, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody Kaphenght and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jared Clark, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controllers, monitor the aircraft traffic from inside the Radar Approach Control facility at Luke Air Force Base April 24. The RAPCON facility controls all of the aircraft, both civilian and military, that…

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Familiar faces

Posted July 13, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, 7th Air Force vice commander, receives the oath of office from Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force commander, after pinning on the rank of major general July 3 in Buckeye.

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