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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Senior Airman Deandre Holmes 607th Air Control Squadron Ground radar systems journeyman Hometown: Sacramento, California Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Lauren Holmes Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems technology Previous assignments: Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma Inspirations: Master Sgt. Francis Willis IV, Allen Kay and father, Brian…

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Luke civilian earns Air Force Marquez Award

Posted August 8, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents David Moore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Armament Systems technician, with the 2013 Air Force Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award for Outstanding Munitions/Missile Maintenance Person, civilian technician category at Luke Air Force Base July 22. Moore, a prior enlistee, has more…

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Military Expert 1 Ng Jun Jiang 425th Fighter Squadron Air Force Engineer/Engine Specialist Hometown: Singapore Years in service: Three Family: Mother, Lilian Goh Boh choo; father, NG Beng Ho; brother, Ng Jun Kai; and sister, Ng Xin Hui Education: Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, in mechatronics engineering Inspirations: I’m inspired to make my mother proud by acting…

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Wing announces quarterly awards

Posted August 8, 2014 by

The following individuals received 56th Fighter Wing quarterly awards Thursday: Airman: Senior Airman Joshua Heninger, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Kristen Reid, 56th Medical Support Squadron Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Pulsipher, 56th Comptroller Squadron Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Megan Hoskins, 54th Operations Support Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. Shane Martin,…

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CORY GOSSETT
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MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Posted August 1, 2014 by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted August 1, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Gregory Scharp 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Phase floor chief Hometown: Sparta, New Jersey Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Maggie Education: Community College of the Air Force aircraft maintenance technology Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; and Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: Music and my wife Goals: To complete a bachelor’s…

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MXG announces best of quarter

Posted August 1, 2014 by

The following individuals and unit are 56th Maintenance Group quarterly best-of-the-best award winners: Weapons load crew 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew 201 Staff Sgt. Tyler Pacitti, Senior Airman Robert Shilander and Airman 1st Class Gerald Casteel Jr. Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Bryan McCanna, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson, 56th Maintenance…

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From Spikes to Ducks to graduates

Posted August 1, 2014 by Maj. WILLIAM McKIBBAN

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer FROM LEFT: 1st Lts. Adam Fuhrmann, Mike Vasilou, Wesley Womble, Cody May, Aaron Frey, Ryan Loyd, Bryce Turner, Pete Fritz, Alex Tovani and Sean Rush graduate today from the 309th Fighter Squadron Class 14-ABC. America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the…

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GRACE LEE
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Luke salutes new OG commander

Posted August 1, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 56th Operations Group guidon to Lt. Col. William Bailey, incoming commander, July 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group changed leaders July 25 as Col. John Hanna relinquished command to Lt. Col. William Bailey during a change of command…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

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Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up…

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