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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…

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Civilian answers AF call, gets dream job

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Kristina Inocencio, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer technician, measures the distance from the tree to the building Jan. 15 during survey training at Luke Air Force Base. One of Inocencio’s career field tasks is to map out the entire base and update the maps. There are many reasons why people join…

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White Sands ‘Vipers’ – F-16 training thrives at Holloman

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Jerod Rick, 54th Fighter Group chief of standardization and evaluation, and 1st Lt. Taylor Roberts, 311th Fighter Squadron basic course student, prepare to taxi Nov. 13, 2014, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Roberts became the first F-16 basic course student to get airborne in the…

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Singing historian: Luke civilian adds culture to Arizona communities

Posted  April 20, 2012

His repertoire includes a boisterous collection of sea shanties and the world’s best love songs – not what most Air Force historians would list as their areas of expertise. Rick Griset, 56th Fighter Wing historian…

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Annual volunteer recognition ceremony

Posted  April 20, 2012

Volunteers are needed every day in communities around the world, but there are few who go above and beyond to change the lives of others and help make a difference. At Luke Air Force Base, the efforts of volunteers are not overlooked. As part of 2012 National Volunteer Week, a recognition ceremony was held April…

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LRS member receives Air Force-level award

Posted  April 20, 2012

A 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron member received the Colonel Cynthia L. Benulis Air Force Logistics Readiness Field Grade Officer of 2011 award. Maj. Marie Meihls, 56th LRS director of operations received the prestigious award which is named in memory of Benulis who...

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Thunderbolt of the Week April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Staff Sgt. Erickson Cristobal 56th Medical Group Sustainment of Trauma and Resuscitation Skills Program NCO-in-charge Hometown: Milpitas, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Maureen; son, Erickson James; and daughter, Lailani Malia Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, South Korea…

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News Briefs April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Renaming ceremony In honor of Lt. Col. Frank Bryant, a Luke Air Force Base pilot who was killed April 27, 2011, in an attack at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, there will be a Luke Fitness Center renaming ceremony at 10 a.m. April 30 in the fitness center. The Luke community is invited to attend.  …

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Mirror, mirror

Posted  April 20, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed Saturday during the open house at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Here, the lead and opposing solos pass in the mirror formation. The premier air demonstration squadron of the Air Force, the Thunderbirds, were activated in 1953 at Luke AFB. The squadron moved in 1956 to Nellis AFB,…

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Deployments – other half of mission

Posted  April 20, 2012

As we all know, the mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission-ready warfighters.” Throughout the day, we are frequently reminded of the first part of our mission — with maintainers constantly busy on the flightline, and jets continuously taking off; however, many…

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What company do you keep?

Posted  April 20, 2012

“I didn’t get here on my own.” It is a common statement that Airmen hear at nearly every promotion ceremony. Many people helped them along the way. These include supervisors, mentors and family members. The bonds they form with other Airmen are unique to military life. We have more than just coworker and supervisory relationships;…

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Decide what you like, act on it

Posted  April 20, 2012

Some might think that volunteering is just something people do to appease their boss. Others might think that volunteering is something people do to get promoted. Both of those thoughts might be true, but the main reason people volunteer is because it makes the base, town and the world a better place. It also makes…

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Luke commander addresses Airmen

Posted  April 20, 2012

Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, covered a variety of topics affecting Thunderbolt Airmen today and in the future at commander’s calls Monday. Harris addressed sexual assault prevention, tobacco use and the use of synthetic drugs such as spice and bath salts. Additionally, he stressed the importance of education and fiscal responsibility, including…

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