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Major selects announced

Posted February 4, 2016 by

The following captains were selected for promotion to major: 56th Operations Group Ryan Reeves and William Sullivan 56th Operations Support Squadron Chelsea Hall and Nathan Mondul 56th Training Squadron James Kotowski 21st Fighter Squadron Clayton Bailey and Jondavid Hertzel 61st FS Casey Manning, Luke Outwater and Daniel Toftness 62nd FS Joseph Stenger and Joseph Walker…

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MARCY COPELAND
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Soft spoken for 61 years

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

Retired Master Sgt. Duane Kellner is a soft spoken man with not much to say, but his career as an Air Force crew chief speaks for itself. In 1954, in the agricultural area of Muskego, Wisconsin, Kellner spent his teenage years not exactly living up to his potential. Deciding he had messed around enough and…

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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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FWSA announce 4th quarter awards

Posted December 17, 2015 by

The following individuals are quarterly award winners: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Airman 1st Class Brandon Wright, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer, 56th FW Public Affairs Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Adria Baker, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Shaun Chaplin, 56th CPTS Field grade officers: Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th…

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GRACE LEE
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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

Posted February 4, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. GRACE LEE

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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MARCY COPELAND
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Commander cuts ribbon on TLF

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 29 at Luke Air Force Base to celebrate the completion of the base’s new temporary lodging facility. In attendance was Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, his wife, Jennifer, Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, Col. James Pease, Air Education Training Command director…

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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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AETC announces medical awards

Posted December 17, 2015 by

The following individuals and unit are Air Force Medical Service yearly award winners: Biomedical Sciences Corps large-team award: 56th Medical Group Pharmacy technician: Senior Airman Sergey Voytov Clinical dentist: Capt. Elizabeth McCourt Civilian: Annissa Chavez

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Tenant Units

Posted October 2, 2015 by

Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 421 Mission: To identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Defense Department and U.S. government. Demographics: There are 2,029 federally credentialed special agents, 311 active-duty officers, 1,253 active-duty enlisted personnel, 785 civilians and 389 reservists. History: AFOSI was founded Aug. 1, 1948, at…

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Airman abroad achieves Army commendation

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Every ribbon on an Airman’s ribbon rack tells a story. All have the basic training ribbon, most earn a ribbon for length of service but it’s the medals that tell a unique story. Senior Airman Carlton Mickles, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, was awarded an Army achievement medal for his efforts in supporting…

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