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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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ALS graduates 48 from class 16-3

Posted April 28, 2016 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen and one staff sergeant March 31 in class 16-3. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Reginald Rouse, 607th Air Control Squadron Distinguished graduates: Dean Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; Ryan Darling, 56th Civil Engineer…

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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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Luke graduates first F-35A initial qualification course

Posted August 7, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

Class 17-ABL from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., made history graduating the first F-35A Lightning II initial qualification course Aug. 5, 2017.

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45 graduate ALS

Posted January 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The 56th Fighter Wing graduated 44 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 17 from class 16-1. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michelle Justiniani, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Elisabeth Yates, 944th Medical Squadron; Anthony Lopez, 944th Security Forces Squadron; Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; and Eric Burrell 56th Civil…

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New command chief takes reins

Posted August 4, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman CORY GOSSETT

Luke Air Force Base,  Ariz. — Charged with leading professional development for the enlisted at Luke Air Force Base, Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski has taken the reins as the 56th Fighter Wing’s newest command chief, replacing Chief John Mazza in June. Kwiatkowski focuses his effort on creating and maintaining high-quality enlisted Airmen that lead…

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Laboratory Airman leads by example, receives award

Posted March 20, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Staff Sgt. Eileen Grizzard, 56th Medical Support Squadron NCO in charge of specimen processing, poses for a portrait March 9, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Grizzard was recently awarded ‘Laboratory Airman of the Year,’ an Air Force Medical Service Award that recognizes top medical…

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Dental squadron discovery leads to AETC award

Posted November 3, 2017 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. JENSEN STIDHAM

Melissa Kunkel, 56th Dental Squadron expanded function dental assistant, earned the Air Force Medical Service’s August “Trusted Care Hero” award for Air Education and Training Command. Kunkel was recognized by Lt. Gen. Mark Ediger, Air Force Surgeon General, for her discovery of unlabeled bottles containing clear liquid, leading to adjustments made in other dental clinics…

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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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56th FW names winners

Posted March 3, 2016 by

56th Fighter Wing staff agencies The following individuals received annual awards: Airman: Senior Airman Kyle Reaves, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Vivian Reyes, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Amanda Steele, 56th FW Protocol Civilian (Category II): Kiley Dougherty, 56th FW Public Affairs The following individuals received quarterly awards: NCO: Tech. Sgt. Timothy…

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