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Annual group awards announced

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The following individuals are annual award winners at group level: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Airman 1st Class Ariel Ciprian, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Master Sgt. Nikki Walberg, 56th FW Legal Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Colette Roe, 56th FW Company grade officer: Capt. Derek VanderMolen, 56th FW Chapel Field grade officer: Maj. David Barns,…

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Honor Guard pays tribute to those who serve

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photos by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Military veterans are the reason why the military is where it is today. With their dedication, they paved the way for America’s freedom. When veterans or service members pass away, they may get provided full funeral honors to recognize their time in service. That’s where the honor guard comes in. The Luke Air Force Base…

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Portraits in Courage: Capt. Dustin Smail

Posted August 14, 2017 by Danielle Knight

Air Force photograph Capt. Dustin Smail, an instructor pilot in the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was chosen for his courage in combat as a 2017 Portraits in Courage honoree. Honorees for this year’s “Portraits in Courage” program were recently released. “Portraits in Courage” is a 10-year tradition that pays tribute…

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ALS graduates 46 senior airmen

Posted May 5, 2017 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 46 senior airmen March 30 from class 17-3: The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Ryan Miller, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Drake Keske 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Jan Diazgarcia, 56th Maintenance Group; Joshua Murray 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Gisele Adanlete-Engram, 56th Medical Support Squadron…

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Two-time AF-level award winner PA powerhouse

Posted May 5, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD

You might think a girl who grew up in Warrensburg, Missouri, might not stand out in a crowd. In the four short years Kiley Dougherty, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs media relations chief, has been in the Air Force, she’s been a shining star wherever she finds herself. The Air Force took notice and gave…

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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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AETC recognizes Tbolts

Posted May 4, 2018 by

The following individuals and units received Air Education and Training Command Awards: Paralegal Airman: Airman 1st Class Clayton Selman, 56 FW Legal Office Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Nikki Walberg, 56th FW JA Operations, plans and programs NCO: Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Ross, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance Unit: 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO:…

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ALS graduates 47 airmen

Posted December 7, 2018 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 46 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Sept. 14 in class 18-7. The following award winners are senior airmen: John L. Levitow: David Gay, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Frank Lopez, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Maria Lopez, 56th Security Forces Squadron; Kevin Walker, 56th EMS; and…

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45 graduate ALS

Posted January 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The 56th Fighter Wing graduated 44 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 17 from class 16-1. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michelle Justiniani, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Elisabeth Yates, 944th Medical Squadron; Anthony Lopez, 944th Security Forces Squadron; Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; and Eric Burrell 56th Civil…

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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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