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Newly renovated Community Commons gets its ribbon cutting

Posted October 28, 2016 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vide commander at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was joined by Arizona Cardinals football players and cheerleaders to cut the ribbon for the Community Commons at building 700 Oct. 25, 2016, in celebration of its grand opening.

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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

Posted October 24, 2016 by Airman First Class Mota

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Posted October 7, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Knocking Leukemia out of the park

Posted October 7, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr

Through love, hope, and the help of Phoenix Children’s Hospital a Citizen Airman and his family celebrated defeating cancer with a trip to the ballpark.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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T-bolt nominated for AF leadership award

Posted October 7, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force announced Maj. Matthew Hoyt, 54th Fighter Group F-16 chief instructor pilot and 54th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, was nominated for the Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. Hoyt was responsible for leading 192 pilots and 72 instructors as chief instructor accounting…

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56th Fighter Wing

Posted October 7, 2016 by

56th Fighter Wing Mission To train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots Training (fiscal 2016) F-16 B-course graduates 60    (Luke and Holloman combined) Current students Luke 30 Holloman 34 F-35 B-course graduates 0 Current students 0 (first class starts Dec. 5) MRA graduates 5  urrent students 8 Leadership Wing commander: Brig. Gen….

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‘Rock rules’ imperative

Posted October 7, 2016 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 FW 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 or training class)…

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56th Operations Group

Posted October 7, 2016 by

56th Training Squadron Mission: Train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 pilots by providing peerless instruction, virtual training and training systems management Demographics: There are 14 officers, eight civilians and 201 contract employees Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden Director of operations: Lt. Col. Rhett Hierlmeier and Maj. Matthew Brockhaus Responsibilities: Provides 97 percent of…

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56th Maintenance Group

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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 Leadership Section commander: Maj. Daniel Kline Maintenance operations superintendent: Master Sgt. Heather Tufty Weapons standardization superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Patrick…

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