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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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STACI MILLER
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Luke Airman ‘fit to fight’

Posted June 30, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Maintenance Group weapons quality assurance inspector, used motivation and dedication to rise from amateur to professional fighting. Manglona got into fights as a child, he said. In the 10th grade, he met a teacher who forever changed his life. “I was about to get…

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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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ALS graduates 47 Airmen

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 46 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Feb. 11 from class 16-2. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Tyler Carson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Nicholas Liuzzi, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron; Adam Martin Jr.,…

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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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JAMES HENSLEY
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Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award recipient

Posted April 21, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Terry Nelson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems technician, earned the 2015 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award in the Munitions and Missile Maintenance civilian technician category. This award distinguishes Nelson as the best of the best among the Air Force’s munitions and missile maintenance personnel. Guided by 30 years of…

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Year in Photos – September 2015

Posted January 7, 2016 by

Airman Pedro Mota Leadership from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services conducted a role call Sept. 11 in honor and remembrance of the first responders and others who died as a result of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. A final call bell commemoration was directed by Senior Airman Oscar Adame, 56th CES firefighter….

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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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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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