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RIDGE SHAN
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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

Posted November 19, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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JAMES HENSLEY
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Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award recipient

Posted April 21, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Terry Nelson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems technician, earned the 2015 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award in the Munitions and Missile Maintenance civilian technician category. This award distinguishes Nelson as the best of the best among the Air Force’s munitions and missile maintenance personnel. Guided by 30 years of…

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Year in Photos – September 2015

Posted January 7, 2016 by

Airman Pedro Mota Leadership from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services conducted a role call Sept. 11 in honor and remembrance of the first responders and others who died as a result of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. A final call bell commemoration was directed by Senior Airman Oscar Adame, 56th CES firefighter….

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56th Operations Group

Posted October 2, 2015 by

309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks Mission: Train the world’s finest F-16 fighter pilots; develop today’s warriors to build tomorrow’s wingmen. Demographics: 10 assigned instructor pilots, three enlisted situational awareness and resource management professionals, one civilian, 17 attached instructor pilots, and 12 Air Force Reserve Command instructor pilots. The squadron also includes two contract employees and…

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Hero Award

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Audrey Jennings, United Blood Services executive director, Maj. Charlotta Leader, 56th Medical Group health care integrator, Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, 56th MDG Education and Training Flight commander, and Tech. Sgt. Alisa Frisch, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron unit training manager, gather for a photo at the United Blood Services Hero Award ceremony Feb….

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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Pediatric clinic Airman aims for success

Posted November 19, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

The U.S. Air Force has been a stepping stone for many Airmen. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the money and medical benefits. Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Straight, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, had a different mindset before committing her life to the Air Force. Straight…

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Col. Kimberly Olson, Laughlin legacy, retires

Posted April 21, 2016 by

No girls allowed Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — Kimberly Olson had just graduated college in 1979 with an education degree and was trying to decide on a career. With two options after college — to either become a teacher or join the Air Force — Olson chose to take her mother’s advice and took…

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FWSA names annual award winners

Posted January 21, 2016 by

The following are annual award winners: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Senior Airman Kyle Reaves, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Vivian Reyes, 56th CPTS Senior NCO:  Master Sgt. Cindy Spivey, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Amanda Steele, 56th FW Protocol Field grade officer: Maj.  Tyler Smith, 56th FW Civilian (Category I):…

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56th Operations Group

Posted October 2, 2015 by

56th Training Squadron Mission: Train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 pilots by providing peerless instruction, virtual training and training systems management. Demographics: There are 14 officers, eight civilians and 201 contract employees. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Michael Dunn Director of operations: Lt. Col. Rhett Hierlmeier and Maj. Matthew Brockhaus Responsibilities: Provides 97 percent of…

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Solemn duty …

Posted March 3, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Airman Pedro Mota, 56th Fighter Wing Honor Guard, folds the American flag Feb. 12 during a retirement ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Luke Honor Guard personnel train for funerals, color guards, flag raisings, sword cordons and more.

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