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Embracing past, leading present, shaping future

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts attend the maintenance professional of the year banquet Saturday at Luke. The 2014 best-of-the-best maintainers, family members and guests came to show support for those nominated for awards. Maintenance professionals recognize best-of-best The 56th Fighter Wing 2014 Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet was…

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Posted March 13, 2015 by

Ceremony recognizes top tier Five chief selects stand in front of the No. 1 table at the chief recognition ceremony Feb. 28 at Club Five Six. The newest chief master sergeants had 56 seconds to address the chiefs’ mess, their families and friends. Airman 1st Class Brian Dirgo, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron avionics team member,…

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Airmen get T-bolts to give blood, win award

Posted February 27, 2015 by United Blood Services

Tech. Sgt. Alisa Frisch, 56th Medical Group unit training manager, and Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, 56th Medical Support Squadron, were among the top 3 percent of award-winning blood drive coordinators recently honored by United Blood Services, earning a Hero Award for providing the largest impact on the blood supply. Of the 1,080 organizations that sponsored blood…

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ALS graduates 44 senior airmen

Posted February 20, 2015 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 44 senior airmen Feb. 12 from class 15-2. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Melinda Charlton, 944th Force Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Christopher White, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Kayleigh McGill, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Curtus Cowles, 162nd Fighter Wing Commandant’s Award: Matthew McLaughlin, 56th Logistics…

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Luke’s best shine Pt. 2

Posted February 20, 2015 by

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Master Sgt. Francis Willis, 607th Air Control Squadron flight chief, Emcee’s for the annual awards ceremony Feb. 13, 2015 at the Wigwam Spa and Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona.   — Nominees — Airman Senior Airman Tyler Carson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Senior Airman Joel Epstein, 54th Maintenance Squadron Airman…

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Posted February 13, 2015 by

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega FROM LEFT: The 944th Fighter Wing 2014 winners are Senior Master Sgt. Chin Cox, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Majs. Bryan Dalton and Eric Puels, 69th Fighter Squadron, Senior Master Sgt. David Merris, 944th Force Support Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Jovita Holguin, 47th Fighter Squadron, Staff Sgt. David Hainley, 924th Operations Support Flight,…

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AF pilot recognized for heroism in combat, awarded DFC with Valor

Posted February 6, 2015 by

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — For one Airman, what seemed to be a standard patrol mission from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2008, concluded with him receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Jan. 29. The actions of Maj. Jeremiah Parvin and his wingman, Capt. Aaron Cavasos, 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Posted January 30, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Posted January 23, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Cream of crop rises to top in 2014 load crew contest

Posted January 23, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Senior Airman Kaden Allred, 308th AMU, installs the 1760 cable on the guided bomb unit 38. Three teams competed for the title of best weapons load crew for 2014.   Airman 1st Class Gerald Casteel, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew member, watches as load crew team members install a GBU-12 armament Jan. 16 during…

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