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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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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 8, 2013

It is reported that after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited the home of a Kentucky lady. During the visit she took Lee to the remains of a grand old tree in front of her house. As they stood looking at the tree, she bitterly cried that its limbs and trunk had been destroyed…

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Street Beat – November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 26 through Nov. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 27: Security forces received a call from the Department of Public Safety regarding an active-duty member in critical condition due to a vehicle rollover from a suspected tire blowout…

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Sports Shorts – November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

607th ACS wins two-day softball game Senior Airman Grace Lee Second Lt. Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron Logistics Flight officer in-charge, attempts to dodge a tag from Master Sgt. Mark Tombley, 607th Air Control Squadron Formal Training flight chief, while running to third base Monday during a softball game at the Luke Air Force…

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Legendary squadron reactivated

Posted  November 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, left, 56th Operation Group commander, unfurls the 61st Fighter Squadron banner with incoming commander Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, during the reactivation ceremony Oct. 25. The 61st FS will be Luke Air Force Base’s first squadron to fly the F-35A Lightning II. Luke Air Force Base marked an…

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Transformational leader promotes change

Posted  November 1, 2013

The many dramatic changes and challenges we face today, such as shifting demographics, diversity, international relations, political struggles, innovations in technology, threats to the environment and economy, call for a more proactive or transformational leader who motivates workers to perform beyond expectations. The measure by which leaders are considered transformational is based on their ability…

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Do more with less

Posted  November 1, 2013

In preparing to write this article, I searched for a quote that I believe exemplifies work ethic. Sam Ewing once said, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” I’ve served in many leadership positions. From frontline supervisor to…

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Longest-serving Air Force civil servant retires

Posted  November 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Dorothy Rowe, 56th Comptroller Squadron chief financial analyst, poses for a photo in 1979. She retires Tuesday as the longest serving civil servant working for the Air Force. Most dream of crossing the retirement finish line after 20 to 35 years of service. For one civil servant, her date of retirement after 70…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Retiree Appreciation Day The 56th Fighter Wing Retiree Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Club Five Six. Health education booths, flu shots, Veterans Affairs and state information, refreshments, prizes and grab bags are included. For more information, call Capt. Melissa Parra at 623-856-9045. Health expo, golf tourney, car show The 56th Medical…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Michelle Justiniani 56th Operations Support Squadron Air traffic control apprentice Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif. Years in service: One Education: Golden West College, basic public safety dispatcher and criminal justice studies certification, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications Inspirations: Jesus, my strength and guidance; husband, Michael, challenges me to expand my horizons;…

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MDG announces award winners

Posted  November 1, 2013

The following individuals are quarterly award winners 56th Medical Group Airman: Senior Airman Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Maria Oliver, 56th Medical Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Percel Crudup, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Sarah Cossette, 56th MDG Field grade officer: Lt. Col. Robyn Kramer, 56th Aerospace Medicine…

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