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ALS graduates 29 from Class 14-6

Posted September 12, 2014 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 29 senior airmen Aug. 28 from Class 14-6. The award winners are: John Levitow Award: Gregory Ferreira, 162nd Fighter Wing Distinguished graduates: Benjamin Collins, 56th Operations Support Squadron; and Kelly Vasel, 56th Medical Support Squadron Commandant’s award: Marcos Chacon, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Academic achievement award winner:…

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Embracing past, leading present, shaping future

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts attend the maintenance professional of the year banquet Saturday at Luke. The 2014 best-of-the-best maintainers, family members and guests came to show support for those nominated for awards. Maintenance professionals recognize best-of-best The 56th Fighter Wing 2014 Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet was…

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Thunderbolt of the week May 11, 2012

Posted May 11, 2012 by

Staff Sergeant Curtis J. Moses 372nd Training Squadron/Det. 12 Military Training Leader Hometown: Detroit, Mich. Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Kelly; Children, Jordan and Quinn Education: Pursuing a degree at the Community College of the Air Force in Aircraft Maintenance Inspirations: Father-in-law…

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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

Posted July 18, 2014 by

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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