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Luke F-16C emergency lands, pilot ejects

Posted April 24, 2018 by

An F-16C assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., diverted and attempted to land at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. at approximately 10:35 a.m., April 24 during a routine training flight. During landing the aircraft departed the prepared surface and the pilot ejected from the aircraft….

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CPTS directs $s to sustain mission

Posted June 30, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 56th Comptroller Squadron has two sections, finance and budget. Finance handles payroll and the budget section ensures the mission gets funded. “We make sure everyone gets paid correctly,” said 2nd Lieutenant Shaun Chaplin, 56th CPTS flight commander. “Maintainers can’t fix aircraft and pilots can’t fly without money.” The…

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2016 in Photos — 11

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Tech. Sgt. Steven Dauck, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team leader, holds the Purple Heart Nov. 30 at Luke Air Force Base. Dauck received a Purple Heart for his actions during a route clearance patrol where an improvised explosive device hit him Oct. 28, 2011, in Afghanistan. Senior…

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Find greatness by helping others find theirs

Posted May 5, 2017 by by SHARON KOZAK

As I read over the 56th Fighter Wing’s fiscal 2017 strategic plan, I came to understand there are few things more important to success than a clear vision of what needs to be accomplished. The overview of “The 8th Habit from Effectiveness to Greatness,” by Stephen Covey, provided me the fundamentals necessary for aligning that…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – August 3, 2018

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Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! On our cover this week, we bring you news from the 56th Maintenance Group here at Luke. Members of the Group have been hard at work implementing changes in weapons load training processes.

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Justice Report

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of the 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued in September and October at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operations Group Administrative demotions • A technical sergeant was demoted to the rank of staff sergeant for unsatisfactory performance. 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received nonjudicial punishment for dereliction…

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New tattoo policy invites qualified recruits

Posted February 3, 2017 by Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

The Air Force announced a new policy on dress and appearance with regard to tattoos, Jan. 9, 2017. According to the new policy, authorized tattoos on the chest, back, arms and legs will no longer be restricted to 25 percent of the exposed area while in uniform. Hand tattoos will be limited to one single-band…

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Finance policy, procedure gets update

Posted December 1, 2017 by Courtesy of 56th Comptroller Squadron

Below are three announcements concerning finance travel programs across the Air Force affecting the Defense Travel system, permanent changes of station, airfare charges and temporary duty-flat-rate per diem. Lost receipts in DTS: DTS is designed to maintain substantiating records (i.e., receipts, orders and other required back-up documentation) in conjunction with official travel. An incident occurred…

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2016 in Photos — 1

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Senior Airman Grace Lee Senior Airman Spencer Huber, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft metal technology journeyman, plasma cuts a part Jan. 7 for aerospace ground equipment at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology Airmen weld, cut and form metal to fix aircraft parts, AGE, fabricate tools to better assist crew chiefs, and more. Staff…

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PEOPLE FIRST

Posted April 7, 2017 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. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. TFS center…

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