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ALS graduates 48 from class 16-3

Posted April 28, 2016 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen and one staff sergeant March 31 in class 16-3. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Reginald Rouse, 607th Air Control Squadron Distinguished graduates: Dean Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; Ryan Darling, 56th Civil Engineer…

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309th Fighter Squadron Graduates 11 from class 15-BBC

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Lt Col. WILLIAM McKIBBAN

America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the world has ever known. The eight active-duty and three Air National Guard officers of class 15-BBC have successfully completed the F-16 Basic Course and will celebrate this accomplishment today with loved ones, academic instructors, and instructor pilots. Class 15-BBC’s stay…

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JAMES HENSLEY
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Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award recipient

Posted April 21, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Terry Nelson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems technician, earned the 2015 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award in the Munitions and Missile Maintenance civilian technician category. This award distinguishes Nelson as the best of the best among the Air Force’s munitions and missile maintenance personnel. Guided by 30 years of…

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Col. Kimberly Olson, Laughlin legacy, retires

Posted April 21, 2016 by

No girls allowed Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — Kimberly Olson had just graduated college in 1979 with an education degree and was trying to decide on a career. With two options after college — to either become a teacher or join the Air Force — Olson chose to take her mother’s advice and took…

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Family visits dedicated overpass

Posted April 14, 2016 by Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Ginger Gilbert visits the overpass dedicated to her husband April 8, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The overpass was dedicated to Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, who died Nov. 27, 2006, when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while he was providing close-air support to special operations forces about…

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LOUIS VEGA Jr.
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Luke hosts Tuskegee 75th anniversary

Posted April 7, 2016 by Story and photo by Tech Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

A ceremony honoring 75 years of the Tuskegee Airmen experience and the great heritage of the “Red Tail” warriors from the 302nd Fighter Squadron took place March 24 during the Third Annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day at Luke Air Force Base. The commemorative ceremony, held at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park, highlighted the incredible…

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Champion of hope, equality: Airman wins award

Posted March 24, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

Because of hard work, selflessness and dedication, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot, was awarded the National Public Service Award Monday from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration. “I won it as an individual but the NAPA Award represents so much more…

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PEDRO MOTA
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WHM lunch brings past to life

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts celebrated women’s history by attending a Women’s History Month observance luncheon March 9 at Club Five Six. This year’s theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” “The theme is meaningful because it acknowledges barriers are being broken and women are holding…

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MXG shines light on 2015 best

Posted March 17, 2016 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

The 56th Fighter Wing 2015 Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet was March 5. The theme was Tutum Et Certa (Safe and Reliable). The banquet recognized the following outstanding performers across all maintenance career fields: Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Teresa Nowak, 54th Maintenance Operations NCO: Staff Sgt. Aleksandr Dolgikh, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Senior…

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AF announces E-8 promotions

Posted March 10, 2016 by

The following master sergeants were selected for promotion to senior master sergeant at Luke and Holloman air force bases: 56th Fighter Wing Deanna Commack 56th Operations Support Squadron James Buckley Jr. 607th Air Control Squadron Neel Rodgers 56th Maintenance Group Craig Burgard and Ian Snowsill 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Deborah Hofstra 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron…

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