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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted October 18, 2013 by

Staff Sgt. Melissa Holmes 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial services customer service technician Hometown: Phoenix Years in service: Four Education: One class away from a Community college of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Rio. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in educational studies with Ashford University Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: Helping people…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Airman 1st Class Joshua Pant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Management apprentice Hometown: Austin, Texas Years in service: One Inspirations: Friends, family, God Goals: Score at least 90 on career development courses, complete a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and retire from the Air Force Greatest feat: Completing Basic Military Training along with Basic Expeditionary…

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Thunderbolt wins national nurse award

Posted October 11, 2013 by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Maj. Betty Venth, 56th Medical Group Family Health Flight commander, stands in front of Airmen she leads Oct. 1 in the 56th MDG Assembly Room. Venth recently received a national top nurse award for excellence in patient and staff management. A Luke Air Force Base Airman was named one of the top…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted October 4, 2013 by

Staff Sgt. Janessa Nuzzi 56th Dental Squadron Dental assistant Hometown: Wolcott, Conn. Years in service: Nine Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in dental assistance; bachelor’s degree in management/human resources from Park University Previous assignments: Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My family shows me what’s important in life;…

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Kudos and farewell

Posted October 4, 2013 by

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, receives an award Sept. 26 from Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron lab technician, during his going away ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Staton has been selected as the 2nd Air Force command chief at Keesler Air Force…

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Day commemorates Tuskegee Airmen

Posted October 4, 2013 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

He was 17 years old when he became part of an experiment allowing blacks to fly in the Army Air Forces. What he didn’t know then was he would be a part of history.

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Luis Walter Alvarez: Physicist, inventor altered history’s course

Posted October 4, 2013 by Senior Airman ANTHONY PEDROZA

Courtesy photo Luis Walter Alvarea Luis Walter Alvarez, a Hispanic-American experimental physicist and inventor, changed the course of human history with his contributions to the fields of aviation and radiation. Alvarez was born on June 13, 1911, and died Sept. 1, 1988. Throughout his 77 years he received many distinguished awards including the Collier Trophy…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Airman Alexis Myrice 56th Operations Group Knowledge Operations Manager Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Years in service: One Family: Husband, Thomas Anazewicz, and parents, Frank and Tracy Myrice. Education: Received a high school diploma from Roy C. Start High School Inspirations: My grandmother Billie Fry. Her perseverance, compassion, and generosity helped shape who I am today. She…

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56 FW Facts

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Mission To train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters. Training (fiscal 2012) B-course graduates 69 Current students 109 MRA Graduates 311 Current students 32 Leadership Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein Vice wing commander: Col. Jeremy Sloane Director of staff: Lt. Col. Matt Warner Command Chief: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton Operations…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Senior Airman Brittany Thompson 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: Martin, Tenn. Years in service: Three Family: Son, Braden, 7 Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in information systems technology Inspirations: My son inspires me to be a better person; my grandmother’s faith in me Goals: To become a nurse Greatest feat:…

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