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Looking back …

Posted July 7, 2017 by

On April 8, 1967, the 56th Air Commando Wing, the predecessor to the 56th Fighter Wing of today, organized with Col. Harry Aderholt as its commander. It was the host U.S. Air Force unit at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. It was assigned to Thirteenth Air Force for command and administrative control…

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Arizona Diamonbacks scoreboard dedication ceremony

Posted April 27, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Devante Williams Mark Grace, former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman, speaks with Thunderbolts during a ribbon cutting ceremony April 23, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The Diamondbacks, together with Arizona Public Service, presented Luke AFB with a new scoreboard for field number three.   Air Force photograph by…

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In Brief

Posted July 7, 2017 by

Changes of command 56th Security Forces Squadron — Lt. Col. Brian Loveless will assume command of the 56th Security Forces Squadron at 7:56 a.m. July 12 in Hangar 999. 56th Medical Operations Squadron — Col. Stephen Boden, 56th Medical Operations Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Joseph Beard at 7:56 a.m. July 21…

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Luke Days 2018 Blue Angels

Posted March 2, 2018 by

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be headlining the Luke Days 2018 air show at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 17 and 18, 2018.

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Luke Air Show: Thunderbirds

Posted April 1, 2016 by

Mission Officially, the Thunderbirds are known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. The squadron’s mission is to plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft. Within this broad mission, the team has five primary objectives:…

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In Brief

Posted March 3, 2017 by

Munitions storage area closure The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Storage Area will be closed March 3 through 10 to conduct a 100-percent munitions inventory. Only emergency issues will be handled during this time. Normal operations will resume March 11. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Anthony Sanchez or Staff Sgt. Lewis Hudgings at 623-856-6975….

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944th MSG change-of-command

Posted March 3, 2017 by

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. Airmen from the 944th Mission Support Group stand in formation Feb. 12 during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Col. Paul Theisen, 944th Mission Support Group commander, relinquished command to Lt. Col. Gavin Tade in a ceremony presided over by Col. Kurt Gallegos, 944th Fighter Wing commander.

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In Brief

Posted December 7, 2018 by

Wing food drive The 56th Fighter Wing is featuring a wing-wide canned food collection competition through Dec. 17. The Cans and Kindness Challenge pits squadron against squadron to gather the most weight in canned food donations which will go to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. The most-needed items are peanut butter, canned light chicken, canned…

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Justice Report

Posted June 2, 2017 by Courtesy of the 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

The following is a list of administrative actions issued in March and April at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received nonjudicial punishment for failing to follow a technical order. The individual received a reduction in rank to senior airman, forfeiture of $400 pay, suspended, 30 days extra…

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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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