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56th Fighter Wing 1941 – 2016

Posted April 1, 2016 by by RICK 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, Georgia. Redesignated a fighter group, the unit was equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt and then reassigned to England. On April 13, 1943,…

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56th Communications Squadron keeps base connected

Posted September 1, 2016 by by Senior Airman CORY GOSSETT

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Technology has become a major factor in people’s lives, connecting people through email, phone calls and typed documents. At Luke, the Airmen of the 56th Communications Squadron provide the infrastructure to support, power and repair this network, ensuring mission success at Luke. “Personnel need access to computers, printers and…

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Maintainers build morale hiking White Tank Mountains

Posted November 23, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

As the sun slowly rose behind the rocky mountain terrain, people began to gather at the bottom of the ascending trail. After hiking at a swift pace, sweat slowly dropped from their exhausted faces, the Airmen could see their destination.

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Japan Air Self Defense Force flies first solo mission

Posted March 3, 2017 by Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

The first Japan Air Self Defense Force national representative to Luke took to the skies Feb. 7 during a mission five years in the making. After several months of training, Lt. Col. Nakano, JASDF F-35A pilot, completed a solo sortie and hit a historical milestone for the JASDF and 944th Fighter Wing. Nakano was sent…

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Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel
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Luke leads children in Summer Reading Program

Posted May 12, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel

Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel The library at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is hosting its annual Summer Reading Program from June 14 to July 19 with this year’s Department of Defense theme, “Reading by Design”. Sign-ups for the program will take place at the Luke AFB Library beginning May 17,…

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Brotherhood, service, sacrifice …

Posted July 7, 2017 by

Airman 1st Class Caroline Parks Two brothers born and raised at Luke Air Force Base, assigned to the 310th and 62nd fighter squadrons, tell their story about brotherhood, service and sacrifice. For video story, go to http://www.luke.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1220783/brotherhood-service-sacrifice.

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Spiritual Maintenance Center opens to all Airmen

Posted August 18, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Brig. Gen. Brooke Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Kevin Connauton, Arizona Coyotes hockey player, cut the ribbon with members of the Luke community at the Spiritual Maintenance Center on Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Aug. 15, 2017. The Spiritual Maintenance Center was a place established…

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‘Rock rules’ imperative

Posted October 6, 2017 by

The Rock* rests quietly on the north side of the 56th Fighter Wing Headquarters, Bldg. 452, and is ready for all challenges. 1. The 56th Fighter Wing Commander (Thunderbolt 1) is the owner of the Rock. 2. Thunderbolt 1 delegates care and painting of the Rock to any unit (group, squadron, flight, section, unit, or…

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AETC welcomes new commander

Posted December 1, 2017 by

Sean Worrell Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, officially addresses the men and women of the First Command for the first time as their commander during a change of command ceremony Nov. 16 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Kwast, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, assumed command after spending…

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2017 in Photos: March

Posted January 5, 2018 by

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, throws the first pitch of the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians to Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians center fielder, March 25, 2017, at Goodyear Ballpark. Leonard threw the first pitch as part of the celebration to mark the…

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