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Squadron commanders selected

Posted January 5, 2018 by

The following individuals were selected to command an Air Force squadron: From the 56th Fighter Wing Lt. Col. Joseph Nicholas, 56th Comptroller Squadron, will command the 86th CPTS, Ramstein Air Base, Germany Maj. Edward Romero, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, will command the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kaepp, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, will…

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ALS graduates 47 from class 17-7

Posted December 1, 2017 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 45 senior airmen and two civilians Oct. 26 from class 17-7. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Ryan Holland, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Jacob Skawski, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Damon Shimabukuro, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Robert Newton, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron and Keith…

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AETC announces awards

Posted December 1, 2017 by

The following units and individual received Air Education and Training Command annual awards: Flying training Fighter category: 61st Fighter Squadron Top Maintenance Group Gray Jet Division: 54th Fighter Group Top Operations Group Gray Jet Division: 56th Operations Group Top Gray Jet Wing (fighters): 56th Fighter Wing Financial management Financial Analysis Office: 56th Comptroller Squadron Wing…

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56th FW announces quarterly awards

Posted December 1, 2017 by

The following unit and individuals received third quarter awards: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Team: Financial Analysis Flight Airman: Senior Airman Jacob Mraz, 56th Maintenance Group NCO: Staff Sgt. Paul McDonough, 56th Operations Group Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Nina Brown, 54th Fighter Group Company grade officer instructor: Capt. Nathan Liptak, 56th OG Company grade officer…

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CCAF confers degrees to Luke members

Posted December 1, 2017 by

The following individuals received degrees in the programs listed from the Community College of the Air Force: Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Instructor of Technology and Military Science Staff Sgts. James Hayes, Jonathan Mahlan and Jon Menghini; Tech. Sgts. Daniel Bartolucci, Trevor Bell, Edward Cunningham, Paiz Noel and Jacob Spanaus; and Master Sgt. Arthur Ofalia…

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Dental squadron discovery leads to AETC award

Posted November 3, 2017 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. JENSEN STIDHAM

Melissa Kunkel, 56th Dental Squadron expanded function dental assistant, earned the Air Force Medical Service’s August “Trusted Care Hero” award for Air Education and Training Command. Kunkel was recognized by Lt. Gen. Mark Ediger, Air Force Surgeon General, for her discovery of unlabeled bottles containing clear liquid, leading to adjustments made in other dental clinics…

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Thunderbolt of the week: September and October

Posted November 3, 2017 by

Sept. 13 Airman 1st Class Dorothy Zurlinden 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament technician Zurlinden has the characteristics of a true leader with her dedication constantly displayed on- and off-duty through her commitment to her fellow Airmen and unit. Sept. 30 Staff Sgt. Caitlin Carter 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office NCO in charge Carter has been…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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Luke honors prior service patriots

Posted November 1, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

Service men, past and present, gathered at the Navy Operations Support Center at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., during a Retiree Appreciation Day event Oct. 28, to commemorate retired veterans in the area.   As the event began, retirees gathered in the main assembly room for the presentation of the colors, invocation and a brief…

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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham
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Dental squadron discovery leads to AETC award

Posted October 16, 2017 by SSgt Jensen Stidham

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Personnel within the 56th Dental Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., wear a “Trusted Care” badge as a reminder to provide exemplary care to their patients. The Air Force Medical Service initiated Trusted Care in 2015 with nine principles: respect for people, duty to speak up,…

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ALS graduates 45 from Class 17-6

Posted October 6, 2017 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 44 senior airmen and one petty officer first class Aug. 31. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Ericks King 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Jeremy Johnson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Silver Gonzales, 56th CMS; Daniel Keum, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Anna Burke, 56th…

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