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F-35 ATC wins design award

Posted October 22, 2015 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 56th Fighter Wing F-35 Academic Training Facility on Luke Air Force Base received the 2015 U.S. Air Force Design Award for facility design. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron served as the base organization, Albuquerque District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the design agent and Burns McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. was the designing organization….

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AOY 2015 moves to Luke

Posted October 16, 2015 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

  The Air Force is made up of more than 307,000 Airmen. Of those Airmen, 12 were selected as the Air Force Association’s Outstanding Airmen. One of those is stationed at the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. Senior Airman Allen Cherry, 56th AMDS public health technician, was selected as the Air Force Medical Service 2014 Public…

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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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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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56th Maintenance Group

Posted October 2, 2015 by

56th Maintenance Group staff Mission: Plan, monitor, train, manage, and adapt through precise scheduling and efficient execution to produce the world’s finest maintainers and fighter pilots. Demographics: There are 166 active-duty and 14 civilian members. Leadership Section commander: Maj. Wesley Wade Maintenance operations superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Charles Parton Weapons standardization superintendent: Chief Master Sgt….

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56th Medical Group

Posted October 2, 2015 by

56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Mission: Support 56th Fighter Wing flying, training and deployment mission through superior aeromedical, optometric, occupational, environmental and preventive medicine programs. Demographics: There are 59 military active-duty personnel, six civilians and four contractors. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Robert Craig-Gray Squadron superintendent: Master Sgt. Jeremy Roberts Responsibilities: Flight and Operational Medicine Clinic is…

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56th Mission Support Group

Posted October 2, 2015 by

56th Civil Engineer Squadron Mission: Provide technically sound combat ready engineers to build, sustain and protect Luke Air Force Base through engineering and emergency response services. Demographics: There are 235 active-duty and 116 civilian members assigned. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Gregory Mayer Deputy commander: Tauny Woo Superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Bill Ewing First sergeant: Master…

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Tenant Units

Posted October 2, 2015 by

Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 421 Mission: To identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Defense Department and U.S. government. Demographics: There are 2,029 federally credentialed special agents, 311 active-duty officers, 1,253 active-duty enlisted personnel, 785 civilians and 389 reservists. History: AFOSI was founded Aug. 1, 1948, at…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK September 11, 2015

Posted September 11, 2015 by

Airman 1st Class Anthony Capanear Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 tactical aircraft maintenance apprentice Hometown: Tuscon Years in service: Seven months Family: Wife and 3-year-old son Inspirations: Family friends Goals: Make a career of the Air Force, possibly cross-train into the medical field, pursue a bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences Greatest feat: Helping people…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK September 11, 2015

Posted September 11, 2015 by adriennek

Airman 1st Class Jose Arbelo-Rodriguez 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle operator/dispatcher Hometown: Camuy, Puerto Rico Years in service: Two Family: Dad, Jose Arbelo-Nieves; mother, Marilyn Rodriguez-Valpais; sister, Yaritza and brother, Luis Arbelo-Rodriguez Education: Certificate of pharmacy technician at University Inter Americana of Puerto Rico, certificate of culinary arts at ICPR Junior College Inspirations: My biggest…

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