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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Clemente Fernandez III 56th Medical Support Squadron Outpatient records NCO in-charge Hometown: San Antonio Years in service: Six Family: Mom, Rosemary; dad, Clemente; sisters, Linda and Roxanne; and son, Clemente IV Previous assignments: Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Yokota AB, Japan Inspirations: My dad. He made sure I understood the importance of working…

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Heroes walk amongst us every day

Posted April 18, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL

Courtesy photo “The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” ~Abraham Lincoln One Airman did just that when he found himself downrange in the thick of war. It was April 2008 and Maj. Scott Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, had been on Phoenix base in Iraq for almost a…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Perry Vitali Jr. 56th Security Forces Squadron Element leader Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in criminal justice and a master physical trainer certification at the International Sports Sciences Association Previous assignments: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Osan Air Base, South…

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Day taken to commemorate Tuskegee Airmen

Posted April 4, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Grace Lee David Toliver, Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. president, speaks March 27 at the inaugural Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day ceremony at the Luke Air Force Base Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The ceremony was the first of its kind after Gov. Janice Brewer signed legislation designating the fourth Thursday of March as a…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted April 4, 2014 by

Senior Airman Zachary James 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman Hometown: Kingsland, Texas Years in service: 3.5 years Education: Pursuing Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems technology Inspirations: Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemmingway and retired Senior Master Sgt. John Howard James Goals: To provide for the people I value…

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ALS graduates 38 senior airmen

Posted April 4, 2014 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 38 senior airmen March 27 in class 14-3. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jacob Haydon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Joshua McIntosh, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Jonathan Sigerson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Joseph Vandervennet, 56th Maintenance Group Commandant’s Award: Jonathan Sigerson, 56th…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted March 28, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Andrew Hannah Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical Aircraft Maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in aviation maintenance and technical military science instructor Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My wife who earned a bachelor’s degree…

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Posted March 28, 2014 by

Maintenance professionals of 2013 The following individuals received 2013 Maintenance Professional of the Year awards: Crew chief: Staff Sgt. Paul Heiss, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Support professionals Airman: Senior Airman Charles Cerdena, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Danny Smith, 56th Maintenance Group Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Paul Siracusa, 56th EMS Civilian: Rickey Radford,…

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Top Hats graduate 14 into combat air force

Posted March 28, 2014 by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER Jr.

Basic F-16 Course Class 13-FBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat-ready F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. They graduated on March 21 and will continue the legacy of 310th FS-trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war or operation from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted March 21, 2014 by

For week of March 17 Airman 1st Class Koraye Williams 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Service financial technician Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Odessa; and father, Freddie Education: Florida Institute of Technology, bachelor’s in business administration Inspirations: Own a gym or YMCA to help children of the future Goals: Receive a master’s…

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