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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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Injured EOD Airman returns to fuller life

Posted November 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq.

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56th Fighter Wing

Posted July 10, 2015 by

New Top Dog in the 61st Senior Airman James Hensley Col. William Bailey, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Michael Gette, incoming 61st Fighter Squadron commander, June 26 at Luke Air Force Base. Senior Airman James Hensley Col. Maureen Charles, 56th Medical Group commander, passes the guidon June 29 to Lt….

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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

Posted October 26, 2012 by

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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Thunderbolt of the Week

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Senior Airman Robin Hansen 56th Dental Squadron Dental assistant Hometown: Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Senior Airman Randall Lee Hansen II Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England Goals: Become a pediatric dentist in the Air Force Greatest feat: Winning Air Force-level 2011 Airmen of the Year for Dental Off-duty interests:…

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