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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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Major selects announced

Posted February 4, 2016 by

The following captains were selected for promotion to major: 56th Operations Group Ryan Reeves and William Sullivan 56th Operations Support Squadron Chelsea Hall and Nathan Mondul 56th Training Squadron James Kotowski 21st Fighter Squadron Clayton Bailey and Jondavid Hertzel 61st FS Casey Manning, Luke Outwater and Daniel Toftness 62nd FS Joseph Stenger and Joseph Walker…

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Base recognizes honor guardsmen

Posted January 4, 2019 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. FRANKLIN RAMOS

Members from the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard were awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal Dec. 12, 2018, during an honor guard recognition breakfast ceremony. Twelve Airmen were recognized for completing a one-year commitment to the honor guard team. “These 12 guardsmen have collectively supported more than 1,000 military funerals and ceremonies, and served…

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9th AF reveals winners

Posted May 4, 2018 by

The following individual received a 9th Air Force award: NCO: Tech. Sgt. Andrew Sacco, 550th Fighter Squadron

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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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MWDs retire, honored for service

Posted April 12, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel

Retiring from the military is a milestone only a few achieve throughout their careers. For military working dogs, their entire life is devoted to service until the day they retire.

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted December 17, 2015 by

Airman Victoria Colbourne 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment apprentice Hometown: Tampa, Florida Years in service: Eight months Family: Steve Colbourne, husband; and Jordan Colbourne, son Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aerospace ground equipment technology Inspirations: My faith in God and my family Goals: To earn senior airman…

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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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WHM lunch brings past to life

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts celebrated women’s history by attending a Women’s History Month observance luncheon March 9 at Club Five Six. This year’s theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” “The theme is meaningful because it acknowledges barriers are being broken and women are holding…

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Face of Defense: Marine reservist protects family from attacker

Posted January 27, 2017 by Marine Corps Sgt. Ian Leones

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Ian Leones Marine Corps Sgt. Gabriel R. McInnis, engineer equipment mechanic with Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, poses for a photo after receiving a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 7, 2017. McInnis received the medal…

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