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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted September 7, 2012 by

Staff Sgt. Andrea James 56th Operations Support Squadron 309th Fighter Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment NCO-in-charge Hometown: Henrico, N.C. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Staff Sgt. Shira James, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; daughter, Jaden, 5; and son, Jaxon, 1 Education: Pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado College. Previous assignments: Robins Air Force…

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EOD Airman receives Purple Heart

Posted February 8, 2013 by STEPHEN DELGADO

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Tech. Sgt. Michael Pasley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal utilities superintendent, receives a Purple Heart at Luke Air Force Base Jan. 31. He received the award for when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle injuring him during a deployment to Afghanistan January 2012. For Tech. Sgt. Michael…

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Emerald Knights graduate 18

Posted May 17, 2013 by

The 308th Fighter Squadron Emerald Knights will graduate 18 pilots today. They are, from left, 1st Lt. Connor Flynt, Capt. Eric Broyles, 1st Lt. Joe Walz, Capt. Nathaniel Halley; 1st Lts. Stephen Grace, Patrick Nolan, Kyle Bell, John Johnston, Christopher Hartman, Alex Kimber, Philip Messer, Mike Gallinoto, Nathan McCaskey, Benjamin Baci, Dan Doohen, Tyler McBride;…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted August 23, 2013 by

Senior Airman Jeanette Backhaus 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory Journeyman Hometown: Las Vegas Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Dustin and daughter, Sasha Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: Jane Goodall Goals: Obtain a medical laboratory technician certification; become an officer Greatest feat: Scoring 92.3 on the physical training…

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Posted November 15, 2013 by timchisham

Luke announces wing awards The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Corey Cobb, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Information Protection Senior NCO: Master Sgt. James Castillo Jr., 56th Force Support Squadron Company grade officer: Maj. John Ryan, 310th Fighter Squadron Field…

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WWII vet returns 70 years after earning wings at Luke

Posted March 21, 2014 by Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

The Luke Air Force Base Open House and Air Show is not only a great opportunity for the public to experience the capabilities of the Air Force, but it also draws many who have served their country to reminisce on their active-duty days while checking out their old planes on display. For one World War II veteran, the return to Luke was particularly special.

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

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Staff Sgt. Jesse Bloom Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-35 TAMS instructor Hometown: Canton, Ohio Years in service: Seven Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in applied science, technical military science instructor, bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Ashford College Previous assignments: Nellis Air Force Base Inspirations: Anyone who has faced adversity in…

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MXG award winners named for quarter

Posted April 27, 2012 by anradmin

The following individual or units are quarterly best-of-the-best award winners: Foreign object debris prevention program Individual: Senior Airman Jeremy McCalmon, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Flightline: 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Backshop: 56th CMS FOD poster: Airman 1st Class Charles Gajda, 62nd AMU Quality assurance TAMS: 308th AMU Specialist: 62nd AMU Weapons: 308th AMU Support: 310th AMU…

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Thunderbolts recognized for combat contributions

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

Four Thunderbolts from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron received recognition June 29 for their contributions in combat.

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Salutes and Awards

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK Staff Sgt. Miguel Hurtado 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: San Diego Years in Service: Six Family: Wife, Bryna and dog, Jake Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at American Military University in information systems security Previous assignments: Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Mont. Inspiration: Faith, family and friends Goals:…

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