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AETC announces media contest winners

Posted February 18, 2016 by

The following individuals are 2016 Air Education and Training Command Media first-place award winners at Luke Air Force Base. The winners will represent The First Command at Air Force level in their respective categories. 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Photojournalism: Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Photojournalist: Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Outstanding new photographer:  Airman 1st…

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AF announces SSgt selects

Posted September 1, 2016 by

The Air Force announced Aug. 25 the following 318 senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Jenna Bigham 56th Comptroller Squadron Blanton Chamberlain, Kyle Reaves and Corey Shires 56th Operations Support Squadron Harold Charles, Mereena Fahndrich, Bryce Gardner, Clerissa Hoard, Jared Linke, Alexander Lopez,…

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NESTOR CRUZ
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FSS leader assumes command

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ

  Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing gathered at Luke Air Force Base Oct. 25, to witness the newest squadron leader assume command. Maj. Melissa Greene, 944th Force Support Squadron commander, received the squadron guidon from Col. Paul Theisen, 944th Mission Support Group commander, during an assumption of command ceremony thus assuming control of the…

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LOUIS VEGA Jr.
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Luke hosts Tuskegee 75th anniversary

Posted April 7, 2016 by Story and photo by Tech Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

A ceremony honoring 75 years of the Tuskegee Airmen experience and the great heritage of the “Red Tail” warriors from the 302nd Fighter Squadron took place March 24 during the Third Annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day at Luke Air Force Base. The commemorative ceremony, held at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park, highlighted the incredible…

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Thunderbolts pass it forward …

Posted December 17, 2015 by by SHARON KOZAK

I was at a store on a Thursday night when I noticed an older woman leaning on a display table.  She didn’t look well, and I asked if she needed assistance.  She said she was fine and left the store. I checked out and once outside, I noticed the same woman in her car and…

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Photo by SUSAN GLADSTEIN
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USFWS selects BMGR for award

Posted June 30, 2016 by Story and photo by SUSAN GLADSTEIN

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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56th Medical Group

Posted October 2, 2015 by

56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Mission: Support 56th Fighter Wing flying, training and deployment mission through superior aeromedical, optometric, occupational, environmental and preventive medicine programs. Demographics: There are 59 military active-duty personnel, six civilians and four contractors. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Robert Craig-Gray Squadron superintendent: Master Sgt. Jeremy Roberts Responsibilities: Flight and Operational Medicine Clinic is…

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AETC announces 2015 awards

Posted February 25, 2016 by

The following unit and individual received 2015 Air Education and Training Command awards: Security Forces Medium Unit 56th Security Forces Squadron Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Thomas N. Barnes Crew Chief Tech. Sgt. Robert James, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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ALS graduates 47 airmen

Posted November 12, 2015 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen Oct. 29 from class 15-7: The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Sharonda Walker, 56th Fighter Wing Distinguished graduates: Shane Hinton, 56th Dental Squadron; JoAnne Baum 56th Medical Support Squadron, Philemon Sehne, 56th Force Support Squadron; and Teresa Anaya-Hernandez, 56th Operations Support Squadron…

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Family visits dedicated overpass

Posted April 14, 2016 by Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Ginger Gilbert visits the overpass dedicated to her husband April 8, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The overpass was dedicated to Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, who died Nov. 27, 2006, when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while he was providing close-air support to special operations forces about…

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