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Practice makes precision …

Posted May 2, 2014 by Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Members of the 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard practice a casket sequence April 23 at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s mission is to provide military honors for veterans and retirees.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted April 25, 2014 by

Airman 1st Class Aja’ Simpson 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Scheduler Hometown: Douglasville, Ga. Years in service: one Family: Father, David Simpson; mom, Tracey Simpson; and brothers, Terrell and Michael Simpson Inspirations: My parents Goals: To go to Japan, get 90 percent or higher on my physical training test and someday have a family Greatest feat:…

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944th FW produces top Airmen

Posted April 25, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Louis Vega jr. Senior Airman Perla Tapia-Cordero, 69th Fighter Squadron personnel journeyman, won the 10th Air Force Airman of the Year Award. The 944th Fighter Wing produced yet another 10th Air Force stand out. Senior Airman Perla Tapia-Cordero, 69th Fighter Squadron personnel journeyman, was recently notified she had won the 10th AF Airman of the…

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DARLENE SELTMANN
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March honors fallen

Posted April 25, 2014 by Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, guest speaker, spoke April 20 during the kick-off of the March of the Fallen. Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded in 2007 while deployed to Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated in front of him. Airmen and local community members came together April 20…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Clemente Fernandez III 56th Medical Support Squadron Outpatient records NCO in-charge Hometown: San Antonio Years in service: Six Family: Mom, Rosemary; dad, Clemente; sisters, Linda and Roxanne; and son, Clemente IV Previous assignments: Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Yokota AB, Japan Inspirations: My dad. He made sure I understood the importance of working…

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Heroes walk amongst us every day

Posted April 18, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL

Courtesy photo “The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” ~Abraham Lincoln One Airman did just that when he found himself downrange in the thick of war. It was April 2008 and Maj. Scott Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, had been on Phoenix base in Iraq for almost a…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Perry Vitali Jr. 56th Security Forces Squadron Element leader Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in criminal justice and a master physical trainer certification at the International Sports Sciences Association Previous assignments: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Osan Air Base, South…

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Day taken to commemorate Tuskegee Airmen

Posted April 4, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Grace Lee David Toliver, Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. president, speaks March 27 at the inaugural Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day ceremony at the Luke Air Force Base Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The ceremony was the first of its kind after Gov. Janice Brewer signed legislation designating the fourth Thursday of March as a…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted April 4, 2014 by

Senior Airman Zachary James 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman Hometown: Kingsland, Texas Years in service: 3.5 years Education: Pursuing Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems technology Inspirations: Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemmingway and retired Senior Master Sgt. John Howard James Goals: To provide for the people I value…

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ALS graduates 38 senior airmen

Posted April 4, 2014 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 38 senior airmen March 27 in class 14-3. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jacob Haydon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Joshua McIntosh, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Jonathan Sigerson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Joseph Vandervennet, 56th Maintenance Group Commandant’s Award: Jonathan Sigerson, 56th…

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