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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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Wings of Blue to jump during open house

Posted  February 28, 2014

Lt. Col. Mike Love Parachutists with the Air Force Wings of Blue Parachute Competition Team attempt to set a three-point, 32-way college record Dec. 28, 2011, during a jump competition over Eloy. The Wings of Blue will be performing March 15 and 16 during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show at…

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Life of single Airman full of opportunities

Posted  February 28, 2014

Many of the programs and talking points of our Air Force leaders center on taking care of families. Making sure our military dependents are taken care of is crucial for leaders at every level. However, with the ever-present emphasis on family first, many single Airmen find themselves asking, “Where do I fit into this?” Though…

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Changing times challenge leadership

Posted  February 28, 2014

Over the next several months our leadership’s prowess will be tested. On Dec. 11, 2013, Air Force senior leaders announced the rollout of several programs that may reduce our force by as much as 25,000 over the next five years. Unfortunately, several of our fellow Airmen will be saluted for their years of faithful service…

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News Briefs February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

Careers for spouses An opportunity for a transportable career for spouses is now being offered. The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, in partnership with the National Military Family Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, announced the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship for the Accredited Financial Counselor Program. The application period is Monday…

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New active-duty education requirements coming up

Posted  February 28, 2014

For Airmen who wish to pursue their education after completion of a Community College of the Air Force degree, there are upcoming changes active-duty Airmen should prepare for. “Once tuition assistance was brought back, new requirements for TA approval were set forth,” said Sandy Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron guidance counselor.” Prior to the changes,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  February 28, 2014

Staff Sgt. Bronson Criddle 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Flight Service Center journeyman Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Nikki; and son, Travis Education: Pursuing degrees in business management and a health care field at Mesa Community College and University of Maryland Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England Inspirations: My father…

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MOS Airman – one of fastest on track

Posted  February 28, 2014

Pedro Mota Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, runs past the F-16 display outside wing headquarters Monday after completing a six-mile run. Franks has aspirations of competing with the Air Force cross-country team. Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, started running cross-country at age 15….

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CFP brings it all together

Posted  February 28, 2014

JASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Miguel Hurtado, 56th Communications Squadron client systems technician, cleans the inside of a computer Feb. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Hurtado is part of the comm focal point, helping to ensure the 5,000 clients on base are compliant with standards. There are more than 5,000 people on Luke Air Force…

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February is Black History Month

Posted  February 28, 2014

CDC children learn about civil rights Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, reads to children Feb. 19 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center in recognition of Black History Month. Throughout February the CDC invited guest readers to read books highlighting civil rights.

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Planning, scheduling core of MXG mission

Posted  February 28, 2014

It usually goes unnoticed when the heart is operating as intended, but let it skip a beat, and even the strongest will take note. Almost the same can be said for plans and scheduling. Overlooked by some, it is the heart of the 56th Maintenance Group.

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