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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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Honor Guard pays tribute to those who serve

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photos by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Military veterans are the reason why the military is where it is today. With their dedication, they paved the way for America’s freedom. When veterans or service members pass away, they may get provided full funeral honors to recognize their time in service. That’s where the honor guard comes in. The Luke Air Force Base…

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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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Luke shines at NCO academy

Posted December 2, 2016 by

One hundred fifteen NCOs graduated from NCO Academy Nov. 9. Two Thunderbolts were among them and also received awards. Commandant Award: Tech. Sgt. Myra Melendez, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Academic achievement: Tech. Sgt. Myra Melendez, 56th LRS Distinguished graduates: Tech. Sgt. Myra Melendez, 56th LRS and Tech. Sgt. Robert Degoey, 56th Security Forces Squadron

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AF names 56th FW outstanding unit

Posted May 5, 2017 by

The following wing received an Air Force-level award: Outstanding Unit – July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016 56th Fighter Wing “This award recognizes all of your efforts and contributions made across our wing from the 550th Fighter Squadron in Oregon, the 56th Operations Group, Detachment 1 in Tucson, through the 54th Fighter Group in…

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Annual group awards announced

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The following individuals are annual award winners at group level: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Airman 1st Class Ariel Ciprian, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Master Sgt. Nikki Walberg, 56th FW Legal Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Colette Roe, 56th FW Company grade officer: Capt. Derek VanderMolen, 56th FW Chapel Field grade officer: Maj. David Barns,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK September 11, 2015

Posted September 11, 2015 by

Airman 1st Class Anthony Capanear Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 tactical aircraft maintenance apprentice Hometown: Tuscon Years in service: Seven months Family: Wife and 3-year-old son Inspirations: Family friends Goals: Make a career of the Air Force, possibly cross-train into the medical field, pursue a bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences Greatest feat: Helping people…

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Two-time AF-level award winner PA powerhouse

Posted May 5, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD

You might think a girl who grew up in Warrensburg, Missouri, might not stand out in a crowd. In the four short years Kiley Dougherty, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs media relations chief, has been in the Air Force, she’s been a shining star wherever she finds herself. The Air Force took notice and gave…

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AETC announces award winners

Posted February 3, 2017 by

The following individuals or units are 2016 Air Education and Training Command awards winners: Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Effectiveness Medium aircraft maintenance category: 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Secretary of the Air Force special achievement Part-time SB specialist: Mary Peetz, 56th Contracting Squadron Civil engineer excellence Major General Robert C. Thompson Award (Resources excellent):  56th Civil…

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Portraits in Courage: Capt. Dustin Smail

Posted August 14, 2017 by Danielle Knight

Air Force photograph Capt. Dustin Smail, an instructor pilot in the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was chosen for his courage in combat as a 2017 Portraits in Courage honoree. Honorees for this year’s “Portraits in Courage” program were recently released. “Portraits in Courage” is a 10-year tradition that pays tribute…

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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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