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This week in history

Posted October 25, 2013 by Rick Griset,

The 56th Range Management Office stood up at Luke Air Force Base as a wing staff agency 20 years ago this week.

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News Briefs January 17, 2013

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56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Warthog at work …

Posted March 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

  An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, practices attacking ground targets Feb. 20 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Gila Bend. The BMGR consists of 57,000 cubic miles of airspace where pilots practice air-to-air maneuvers and engage simulated targets. The range is the nation’s third largest military reservation and training…

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ASU cadets go through ‘tough’ paces

Posted April 25, 2014 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

Cadets stand at attention while reciting an article from the Military Code of Conduct April 18 at the event. One hundred and eighteen ASU cadets participated.   ASU cadets pull a 6,000-pound high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle at the ATSO area. The cadets were invited to Luke by Company Grade Officer Committee members, who planned…

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Thunderbolts go country

Posted June 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Laura Walsh performs for Luke Airmen in Hangar 999. Walsh, a local musician, has performed at events across the state.   A large crowd of Luke Airmen gathered for the Salute to the Troops event, which was staged alongside the latest addition to Luke, the F-35 Lightning II.   Jerrod Niemann gets the crowd to…

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News Briefs August 22, 2014

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Commander’s call Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold a commander’s call Monday in the Luke Air Force Base theater at 7 a.m. for Airmen, 9 a.m. for NCOs, 11 a.m. for senior NCOs, 1 p.m. for civilians, 3 p.m. for officers and 5 p.m. for those not able to make another…

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56th RMO: Tip of spear on BMGR, aux field

Posted October 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Every day Air Force pilots use the Barry M. Goldwater Range and Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field to train the world’s greatest F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots, A-10 Warthog pilots and combat aircrew.

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Sky gets coined …

Posted November 21, 2014 by Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, coins Sky “Raider” Schipper, 5, Nov. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. Schipper participated in the pilot for a day program. He joined the 309th Fighter Squadron for a meet-and-greet with the commander and other staff, was shown how pilots suit-up, got an up-close-and-personal look at an…

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Seashells on BMGR point to prehistoric trading route

Posted April 27, 2012 by by Teresa Walker

During three days in April, 19 tribal members from seven Arizona tribes and one from New Mexico gathered at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field for a consultation meeting sponsored by the 56th Range...

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CES reduces energy to save money

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will receive approximately $54,500 from an energy program by reducing the amount of electricity Luke Air Force Base uses from June 1 to Sept. 30. It’s estimated that Luke will help with a megawatt-hour reduction if called upon in the four-month period. The energy program is called Peak Solutions Program…

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