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Det. 12 graduates last MRA class

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

  History was made when Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated its last class of mission-ready Airmen at Luke Air Force Base. Since the MRA program’s conception in 1994, the combined total of students graduated is 11,840. “Every F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief has gone through our program for the last 21 years,” said Master…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK December 4, 2015

Posted December 4, 2015 by

Tech. Sgt. Dwight Parrish Jr.  56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron F-35 Structural Maintenance Craftsman Hometown: Jacksonville, North Carolina Years in service: 14 Family: Wife and four (five by Dec. 19) children Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force through Rio Salado College Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska Inspirations:…

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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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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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ALS graduates 47 airmen

Posted November 12, 2015 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen Oct. 29 from class 15-7: The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Sharonda Walker, 56th Fighter Wing Distinguished graduates: Shane Hinton, 56th Dental Squadron; JoAnne Baum 56th Medical Support Squadron, Philemon Sehne, 56th Force Support Squadron; and Teresa Anaya-Hernandez, 56th Operations Support Squadron…

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NESTOR CRUZ
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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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JAMES HENSLEY
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Squadron creates memorial for Airman

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

  The 56th Operations Support Squadron held a dedication ceremony Oct. 23 at Luke Air Force Base to honor the memory of Senior Airman Scott Hill who lost his battle with cancer May 18, 2014. Airmen from the 56th OSS, who knew Hill, dedicated a wall to him. The wall is in the training room…

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MARCY COPELAND
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Commander cuts ribbon on TLF

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 29 at Luke Air Force Base to celebrate the completion of the base’s new temporary lodging facility. In attendance was Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, his wife, Jennifer, Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, Col. James Pease, Air Education Training Command director…

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MARCY COPELAND
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Soft spoken for 61 years

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

Retired Master Sgt. Duane Kellner is a soft spoken man with not much to say, but his career as an Air Force crew chief speaks for itself. In 1954, in the agricultural area of Muskego, Wisconsin, Kellner spent his teenage years not exactly living up to his potential. Deciding he had messed around enough and…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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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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