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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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AETC announces 2016 winners

Posted April 7, 2017 by

The following individuals received Air Education and Training Command annual awards: Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault Award Maj. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron Media New videographer: Airman 1st Class Heidi Goodsell,56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Short-form production: Master Sgt. Michael Jackson, 56th FW/PA Video spot: Airman 1st Class Heidi Goodsell, 56th FW/PA Intelligence, Surveillance and…

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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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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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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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F-16 pilots continue to graduate, continue to fight

Posted December 27, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

A class of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots under the tutelage of instructor pilots from the 309th Fighter Squadron graduated Dec. 16, 2016, following approximately nine months of training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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CCAF turns out 188 with diplomas

Posted June 2, 2017 by

The following individuals graduated from the Community College of the Air Force in a ceremony held on May 18: Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology Staff Sgts. Thomas Carter, Alberto Escamilla, Shawn Graham, Tech. Sgt. Eugene Lofton, and Staff Sgt. Jimmy White Air and Space Operations Technology Staff Sgt. Alicia Cutrell, Tech. Sgt. Shawn Finnegan and Senior…

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Luke hosts Tuskegee Airman, honors Black History Month

Posted February 21, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby, Tuskegee Airman, autographs a toy model P-47 Thunderbolt during the 2018 Tuskegee Airmen Honor Event at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2018. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps who performed…

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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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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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