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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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Tbolts bring home AETC awards

Posted December 2, 2016 by

The following received Air Education and Training Command-level awards: 2017 Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence: Luke Air Force Base 2016 Aviation Resource Management NCO: Staff Sgt. Adrian Parker, 56th Operations Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Benjamin Taylor, 62nd Fighter Squadron 2016 Weapons Safety Manager: Thomas Todd, 56th FW Safety 2016 Public Affairs Communication Excellence 56th Fighter…

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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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136 T-bolts selected for Tech. Sgt.

Posted August 4, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force selected 136 Luke staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant. The Luke selection rate was 21.69 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 380. This is the first technical sergeant promotion release since the implementation of the new Enlisted Evaluation System. “We began this process…

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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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ALS graduates 35 senior airmen

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The John L. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated 35 senior airmen Oct. 27 in class 16-7. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Robert Shilander, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Timothy Wallace, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; Mark Edwards, 756th AMXS; and Kevin Noonan, 943rd Mission Support Flight Commandant’s Award: Regina Fragale, 120th Operations…

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