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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Airman 1st Class Brendon Garwood 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Intermediate Station Team Member Hometown: Dupo, Ill. Years in service: One Goals: To finish my career development courses, capture below-the-zone and test for staff sergeant as soon after as possible; ultimately to become a chief Greatest feat: Graduating basic training and tech school Self-description: I’m…

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Academy cadets get taste of real AF life

Posted June 21, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Photo by Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Air Force Academy Cadet 2nd Class Joshua Burdge, left, installs a 20mm gun drum on an F-16 June 14 on the flightline. The cadets spent the day shadowing armament systems specialists from the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The cadets also visited the medical group, public affairs, finance and security…

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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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Thunderbolt of the Week

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Airman 1st Class Shaylah McKinney 56th Force Support Squadron Customer service technician Hometown: Elmira, N.Y. Years in service: One Family: Youngest of four siblings, mother and step-dad Inspirations: My oldest sister Jennifer, who retires from the Air Force next year, and my mother Goals: Retire as a chief after 30 years, graduate with under-graduate and…

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310th changes command

Posted May 2, 2014 by Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner, incoming 310th Fighter Squadron commander, April 18 during a change-of-command ceremony in Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

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Staff Sgt. Trevor Berghage 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Information Systems Supervisor Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania Years in service: Six Family: Mom, Barbara; dad, Robert; sister, Jessica; brothers, Tory and Alex; wife, Kat; and daughters, Tam and Shannon Inspirations: My father for showing me the satisfaction of a job well done, my mother for showing…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Posted January 30, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Top Hats graduate 15 combat pilots in ceremony today

Posted May 18, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Todd Murphey

The mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to, “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.” Fifteen graduates of the F-16 Initial Qualification Course, Class 11-EBG, will cross the stage today and enter the Combat Air...

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Reserve unit gives back to Anchorage hosts

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Capt. Elizabeth Magnusson

The 944th Fighter Wing Annual Tour in Alaska this July allowed members of the team to volunteer in the local community. Twenty-eight members of the 944th Force Support Squadron split their day between...

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Pilot for a day

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Senior Airman Sandra Welch Maj. Steven Fargo, 56th Training Squadron instructor, shows Kordell Wilcox, 13, the air intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 14 during Pilot for a Day at Luke Air Force Base.

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